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Telz Stone stoners busted

(Photo by Israel police)
(Photo by Israel police)

Even in this age of cannabis legalization, it remains illegal in Israel, as in New Jersey, to grow marijuana without a license.

But that allegedly didn’t stop an entrepreneurial thirtysomething couple in the charedi town of Kiryat Ye’arim just west of Jerusalem. On Tuesday, they were busted by Israel police, who raided a building they owned in town. Two apartments in the building had been converted into a marijuana nursery.

Police confiscated more than 500 plants as they arrested the couple, along with a resident of Bnei Brak in his 20s.

Kiryat Ye’arim is commonly known as Telz Stone; it was founded by former students of the Telz Yeshiva outside Cleveland, and funded in large measure by Cleveland philanthropist Irving Stone.

Even though Israel has a legal medical marijuana market, and the country is a world leader in that field, standard police practice is to destroy contraband.

Which raises a halachic question: What happens when the principle of bal taschis — don’t wantonly destroy or waste — conflicts with bal hashish — don’t smoke dope?

 

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