High-flying drone drops weed over Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Sept 3- A drone dropped packets of what looked like cannabis over a main square in Tel Aviv on Thursday after activists seeking to legalise the drug in Israel promised free weed from the air on social media. Currently, medical use of cannabis is permitted in Israel while recreational use is illegal but largely decriminalised. In May, Israel gave approval…

TEL AVIV, Sept 3 (Reuters) – A drone dropped packets of what

looked like cannabis over a main square in Tel Aviv on Thursday

after activists seeking to legalise the drug in Israel promised

free weed from the air on social media.

Police said they arrested two men who operated thequadcopter that flew over Rabin Square, a site often used forstreet protests and political rallies.

“The time has come,” the Green Drone pro-legalisation groupsaid on its Telegram web messaging channel. “Is it a bird? Is ita plane? No, it’s the Green Drone sending you free cannabis fromthe skies.”

In a statement, police said they suspected the baggies werefilled with “a dangerous drug” and that officers managed torecover dozens of them. Photos distributed by the police showedwhat appeared to be cannabis inside.

The Maariv news website, which carried photos of the dronedropping the packets, said passersby took some of them beforepolice arrived. Footage showed people walking through busytraffic to pick up packets that had fallen on a road.

Currently, medical use of cannabis is permitted in Israelwhile recreational use is illegal but largely decriminalised.

In May, Israel gave approval for exports of medicalcannabis, paving the way for sales abroad that the governmentexpects to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.(Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Andrew Heavens)