Drone drops cannabis on Tel Aviv; weed-loving citizens rejoice (presumably)

“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Green Drone sending you free cannabis from the skies”


Drone photo by Adrian Black/iStock/Getty Images Plus. Rabin Square photo by Liran Sokolovski Finzi/iStock/Getty Images Plus.


The citizens of one of Israel’s most populous cities got rained on this afternoon. It wasn’t water falling from the sky, though, but cannabis.

The Jerusalem Post reports that a drone dropped hundreds of bags of what was apparently cannabis over Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. The Post says the falling weed attracted “dozens of confused people, who rushed to pick up as many bags as they could carry”.

A pro-legalization group called Green Drone hinted at the drop before the fact. “The time has come,” the group said on its Telegram web messaging channel. “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Green Drone sending you free cannabis from the skies.”

Relatively liberal laws

Compared to other countries in the Middle East, Israel has a relatively liberal attitude towards cannabis. It is decriminalized for medical use, for instance.

The country’s Ministry of Health supports medical cannabis research and innovation. As a result, Israel is a global leader in this area.

Recreational use, though, remains illegal. However, authorities tend to turn a blind eye to home use and possession of 15 grams or below.

Citizens caught using weed in public for the first or second time cannot be arrested if they have no prior record of cannabis use. They can be fined, however.

Rain of cannabis

In its Telegram message, the Green Drone group indicated that today’s drop was just the beginning. “We’re launching the ‘rain of cannabis’ project, that will include a weekly delivery to different parts of the country of 1 kilo of cannabis divided into free 2 gram bags,” the message stated.

This Israel Police handout photo shows the purported bags of cannabis dropped in Tel Aviv.

Shortly after the incident, police in Tel Aviv announced that they had arrested two people. The two suspects, both in their 30s, had allegedly operated the drone that scattered the packets over Rabin Square.

According to Reuters, police stated that they suspected the baggies contained “a dangerous drug” and that officers managed to recover dozens of them.

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