Israelis gather for the 10th annual Big Bong Night cannabis protest

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Hundreds of Israelis are expected to gather in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon to protest for cannabis legalization and reforms in the medical cannabis market for the tenth year is the controversial activist’s idea Amos Dov Silver, who has been in prison for two years after being charged with running an organization called a “criminal organization” by the Israeli government, is awaiting trial. The criminal organization you are referring to TeleGrass, a dealer network that Silver brought together in the encrypted messaging app Telegram, which revolutionized the Israeli cannabis market and fueled the legalization movement. This makes Israel the world leader in the number of recreational users after its introduction in 2017

Due to Amos’ conviction, the event was planned this year by his wife Gali. She spoke to the Jerusalem Post on Monday in anticipation of the event.

She told the Post that this year the event had been rescheduled from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv due to coronavirus concerns, which until recently restricted gatherings and caused uncertainty about the event, leaving her with less time than usual, to plan the protest.

“Amos has always preferred to do this in front of the Knesset to ensure that the message sent is political in the strongest possible way. However, since I only had just under three weeks to plan the whole thing this time, we decided on Tel Aviv would be decidedly the most viable option, ”she said.

This year’s protest was marked by particular emphasis on the benefits of medical cannabis products for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, with some of the speakers and artists themselves being patients.

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That emphasis was heightened by a tragic incident earlier this week in which 26-year-old war veteran and complex PTSD patient Itzik Saidian set himself on fire in protest outside the Defense Department rehabilitation offices in Petah Tikva.

The protest is jointly organized by the nonprofit Legalize Mitpakdim and TeleGrass, who have long made a name for themselves by donating 10-15% of the proceeds of their numerous “treasure hunt games” across the country to various charities.

“Yesterday we had a treasure hunt in four cities,” said Silver. “I know we donated passover meals to 300 families of prisoners last month. But it changes depending on what we think is relevant to the time.”

In a video posted Monday night on TeleGrass’ Facebook page, Silver tells potential participants in the protest to use public transport to attend the rally to avoid having their driver’s licenses revoked, adding that The current ambiguity of the Israeli police about cannabis use could mean that many medical and recreational cannabis users are required to revoke their license whether or not they are measurably under the influence of cannabis while driving.

Silver told The Post about her son’s battle with PTSD after he was arrested and interrogated at the age of four. “Cops here [in Arizona] are nicer to him. They try to give him candy, try to talk to him and he just hides behind me.