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Medical marijuana supplier to High Court: Don't revoke our license

Tikkun Olam, an organization that grows and distributes medical marijuana in Israel, on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Court not to revoke its license to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The organization runs the largest facility to grow medical marijuana in Israel, located in the Golan Heights.

The appeal comes after pressure from the Golan Heights community council led the Health Ministry to cancel Tikkun Olam's permit last month.

Supreme Court Justice Asher Dan Grunis on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction to prevent the permit from being revoked.

In its appeal, Tikkun Olam accused the Golan council of telling the Health Ministry that it misuses the land and water appropriated for agricultural purposes.

The group's attorney, Ronen Schein, said that the future of thousands of gravely ill patients being treated with medical marijuana rests on the company's shoulders.

"Does the law of agricultural development trump the interest of thousands of patients in Israel who want to receive medication?" the group asked in its appeal.

The Golan hothouses Tikkun Olam uses to grow cannabis replaced hothouses that once grew flowers. The group invested about NIS 600,000 in developing the facility, where thousands of cannabis plants are being grown. Tikkun Olam's appeal claims those plants will benefit thousands of sick Israelis in the years to come.


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Added: Dec-3-2009 
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