Jerusalem, Israel

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal in Israel. Period, paragaph, end of discussion.

Smoking Marijuana is a criminal offence, although for small amounts, a good criminal lawyer can get you out of trouble fast.

Law enforcement: Very slack. I smoked in bars, on the street, on campus, etc. Unless you’re doing something else, don’t expect a hassle from the police. They’re too busy looking for terrorists to worry about an American smoking a spliff. If you have a whole bunch on you and have a legal run in you might have some problems though.

Where to buy marijuana: Tough call, hang out at “Crack Square” at night and ask the kids. It’s near the Sbarro, across from the “Coffee Bean” on Jaffa Street. You’ll know it when you see it. I wouldn’t give my money to any kids to “go and get it” though….

Marijuana prices: 100 shekels ($25) should get you about 4 grams. Don’t expect anybody to cut you a deal if you buy in bulk either. Most people won’t sell any less than this.

Marijuana brands: Hash, hash, hash, and more hash. Its everywhere and not too hard to find once you know your way around. Expect to pay around 100 shekels ($25) for about 4 grams. Nobody has scales, so it all depends on your sources eyeball. You’re not going to find any decent weed to smoke. In a year there only twice did I see weed. Once my room mate bought a bag of seeds that had a little bud in it (or at least that’s what it looked like). Another time people wanted 130 shekels ($33) a gram for some pretty decent nugs.

More information: The hash is actually pretty good. Everybody smokes hash melted into cigarette tobbaco. Don’t smoke with an Israeli in their “water bong”. It will be a bent over, melted coke bottle, with black water, packed up with hash/tobbacco mix…YUCK!!! Maybe you’ll get lucky and find some stuff that Israeli backpackers have brought back from India…goooooood stuff =)