The first cannabis café in Israel – level 3
At a cannabis café in the Arab town of Tira in Israel, people legally and freely buy, smoke or use medical marijuana.
Smoky Monkey is the first café of its kind in the country, and its owner Karam Shbeeta says he’s on a mission to change the mentality about people who use the product for medical purposes. Shbeeta was inspired by people who used cannabis from the illegal black market. He thought that he could help people with chronic pain to take the drug safely.
Most people who come to Smoky Monkey suffer from chronic pain from work injuries, violence, or car accidents. The staff check their medical file, and according to the file, they decide whether cannabis is suitable for the person.
When Shbeeta opened the shop, he received death threats and threats to burn down the café. However, little by little, people started to understand the idea behind the café.
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