Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4
Legislation: Marijuana and Hashish are illegal and so is any related action (buying, selling, growing, smoking). Cannabis is not decriminalized in Israel, but almost every other person smokes it. the enforcement is not strict at all, you can light up a joint in a lot of bars around town as many people do all the time. if you go out at night, you will see someone lighting a joint at one point, while most people smoke Hash(Ha-Shish) as its readily available, its also possible to find some high quality weed (grown indoor) if you meet the right people
Law Enforcement: The police usually ignore marijuana smokers, but will probably arrest you if you got into any other kind of trouble and were carrying pot.
The police is trying to catch the distribution line such as people who run grow operations rather than bust small timers who are just smoking or carrying small amounts, although if you are caught with a small amount most odds are that you will spend a night in a police station and then they will release you with a warning… it happened to the best of us here … sitting in a park smoking a joint then an undercover cop comes to you and asks you to come with him to the station. make sure that you are always lighting up in areas where you have seen other people lighting up before you. don’t be the brave one.
Where to buy marijuana: If all you are after is a piece of hash so you can make a small joint basically all you need is to find someone kind enough with a joint and ask them for a “Boof”, that is the Hebrew word for small piece of hash… if your lucky you will get a Boof for free, or if youre even luckier you will be able to buy some from them, if you try a few people and you become friends with someone, they will offer to get you something if you leave them a small piece in exchange. They will show you the best stoner friendly places and will introduce you to tel-aviv’s hidden gems.
Prices: Generally prices are high in Israel, here are our recommended prices:
in Israel they use the metric system, so everything is measured in grams :
A gram of Hashish – should cost ~100shekels
A gram of good hydro – 100-120 shekels (in Jerusalem it could also be 140-160shekels)
Brands: In recent years hashish imported from egypt or lebanon has been on the decline and it has now become very difficult and very expensive to source any hash in Tel-Aviv, the entire scene has pretty much switched to indoor grown weed, and you can find different strains depending on availability and who you know. generally a gram of good weed can cost 100 shekels ($25-$30) and there is a chance of scoring even some top shelf quality.
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2
Telephone Area Code: +972 – 3
Marijuana and hash are very common in Israel generally, and in the Tel Aviv area in particular, where if you want to go to a party all you need is to go to any mailbox and read the many party fliers that are often even divided into joint filters so if you aren’t interested in a party u can at least roll something for your pleasure… The only problem in smoking in Israel is that it is still (formally) considered illegal, so you will not be able to buy it in a shop but if you’ll hang around enough you’ll know where to find it. Beware of undercover cops and there are plenty of them. One of the signs to recognize an undercover police car is the license plate that mostly ends with 00 (ex: 99-764-00). But don’t be afraid for being caught cause of saying marijuana in the street. People in Israel are very open-minded about weed, and some parties in the parliament are now working on marijuana legalization.
Now a little about smoking in Israel and the quality:
The hash here is great I must say and even there are many kinds of it and you can really enjoy it. The Jaras here is a more difficult to find but still not impossible. Considering that weed is not legalized here the prices are really good. For example 8 grams of weed (matchbox) will cost 50 shekels (local money) that is about 10$ so the prices are not bad. 50 grams of weed will cost 200 shekels (for now 1$ = 4.50 shekels), so again a really good price 50 grams for 45$. Hash costs about 100-150 shekels for approximately 10 grams (called a “finger” – “eatzba” or “tulla”).
And after you bought your weed I suppose you will want to smoke it…
The most popular way of smoking here is Bongs that are working like hookahs, but smaller and more comfortable. A bong you can buy almost in every kiosk, for really nothing so don’t worry, I think the people in the kiosk will even explain you how to use it. Tel Aviv is full of 24-hour kiosks that sell cigarettes, booze and a wide variety of after hour products ranging. They are usually safe to ask about smokables. Of course they don’t sell it themselves but might lead you in the right direction. Still always remember to be the final judge of who you ask and how you ask it.
Very useful travel tips to Tel-Aviv can be found here:
Tel-Aviv Travel Tips