The Green Leaf-Liberal List Party has threatened to expose the names of 18 candidates for the next Knesset who have consumed or continue to use cannabis, Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
The party says it has concrete evidence of marijuana use by about 18 candidates from multiple parties, all of whom hold realistic positions on their respective parties' lists and are likely to serve in the Knesset after the upcoming election.
Green-Leaf Party Chairman Yaron Lerman called on Knesset members to "confess and explain to the public why they believe it appropriate to tarnish the names of cannabis consumers in criminal cases, but not to reveal their own names."
Another party representative said that "the list we have includes the names of some Knesset candidates and members who currently use cannabis, or who have used cannabis in the past but explicitly denied it."
"Some of those same MKs, it turns out, even announced their opposition to the legalization of the cannabis plant," a statement by the party said, according to Channel 2. "If they had an iota of integrity, they would go to the police and ask to be criminally investigated. Among other evidence, we have filmed interviews with eye witnesses."
The Green Leaf-Liberal List Party clarified that according to the law on the books in Israel today, over 700,000 people are actually criminals because they privately consume cannabis.
"As an ideological, liberal party, which views human rights as a basic tenet of its worldview, we made it a goal for ourselves to overturn the system of police persecution against citizens who haven't harmed anyone," the party said. "We intend to take all the legal steps as soon as possible and based on the information we have, to achieve this goal quickly."
"The information we have is incredible in its hypocrisy, but not at all surprising," the party's no. 6 candidate, Dr. Michael Golan, told Channel 2, "It is obvious that the public does not respect the law in its current format because it is an unjust law."