For Jewish people all over the world, the Passover holiday starts today at sundown. In order to remember the time when their ancestors were enslaved in Egypt, Jewish people are proscribed from eating leavened bread and many species of grain for the entire eight-day festival.
But now, thanks to the Israeli pro-cannabis group Seach, a ruling has been made that finds medical marijuana to be completely kosher for Passover. And it was made by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who according to The Times of Israel, is “widely considered the leading living ultra-Orthodox halachic authority”, which means that this ruling applies to all Jewish people everywhere.
Check out the Rabbi sniffing the stuff to make sure it’s legit. My Hebrew is pretty rusty, but I’m pretty sure what he’s saying is “That’s some good weed, man!”
Rabbi Kanievsky is not alone. A number of Jewish authorities have determined that cannabis, when used for medicinal reasons, is permitted under the ancient laws of Israel. However, to our knowledge, this is the first time any accepted authority has made a ruling involving Passover, which has extremely strict dietary laws.