This year’s protest was marked by the special emphasis on the benefits of medical cannabis products for people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hundreds of Israelis are expected to gather in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon at 4:20 p.m. to protest in favor of cannabis legalization and for reforms in the medical cannabis market.
The “Big Bong Night” protest, this year happening for its tenth year, is the brainchild of the controversial activist Amos Dov Silver, who has been in prison for the past two years after he was indicted for running what the Israeli government referred to as a “criminal organization” and is awaiting trial.
The criminal organization they referred to is TeleGrass, a network of dealers which Silver united on the encrypted messaging app Telegram which revolutionized Israel’s cannabis market and jump-started the legalization movement, leading Israel to lead the world in the number of recreational users after its launch in 2017.
Due to Amos’ sentence, this year, the event was planned by his wife, Gali. She spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Monday, in anticipation of the event.