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Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein Shlita has ruled that medical cannabis that does not come into contact with grains is kosher for Pesach without fear of kitnios.
Rav Zilberstein even made the Bracha ‘בורא מיני בשמים’ while aside of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita.
Since Health Minister Yaakov Litzman legalized medical marijuana, there has been growing interest among chareidim as to the product’s kashrus, and at this time of year, it’s suitability for Pesach for those requiring it R”L.
It is reported that the medical cannabis sold by industry leader Vireo Health is indeed kosher for Pesach, even for those who do not eat kitnios. The company producing the product in Israel, ‘Siach’ (שיח) contacted Rabbi Zilberstein, a member of the Degel Hatorah Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah and Mora D’asra of the Ramat Elchanan neighborhood of Bnei Brak.
It is pointed out, this psak only refers to medical cannabis grown under controlled conditions before Pesach and not any ‘weed’ available on the streets or elsewhere.
Rav Zilberstein concluded Rav Chaim is in total agreement with his psak.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)