Boaz Wachtel is an Initiator (1995-2013) and co-strategist with Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) of Israel’s Medical Cannabis program that currently includes over 11,000 patients served by eight specialist physicians authorized to issue licenses and eight licensed cultivators. A researcher on addiction, harm reduction, and cannabis, he has published more than two dozen articles, papers, and book chapters. He was a founding member of the ‘Israeli Foundation for Drug Law Reform’ (1994) and a public representative to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Drug Committee “Examining the legal status of Cannabis.”
He submitted to the MOH the cannabis ‘Drug Master File’ (safety and efficacy data) and has since represented patients to the MOH which established in 1999 a committee to review requests and provide licenses for patients to possess medicinal cannabis. He was a co-producer with Maripharm Holland of „The Medicinal Uses of Cannabis“ from 2000-2002, and an organizer with MOH of the Medical Cannabis Education Seminar for Doctors in 2007.
In 2009, he became a founding member (volunteer) of the Centralized National Medical Cannabis distribution Center in Abarbanel Hospital. He has been a Member of the Board of the Israeli AIDS committee since 2006 and is a Member of the Steering Committee of ENCOD, the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies. He is a founder and former Chairman (1999-2006) of Israel’s Green Leaf Party, which won 1% of the national vote in 1999, 1.2% in 2003 and 1.4% in 2006.
He was an addiction treatment provider using Ibogaine (1989-2000) and co-author, with Howard Lotsof, of the „Ibogaine – Treatment Manual.“ He currently works developing agricultural technologies. Boaz is a Certified Clinical Research Administrator with Israel’s MOH and Bar-Ilan University, and is a certified Consultant with the EU Research & Development Program at Tel Aviv University.
He served as Assistant Army Attaché’ in the Israeli Embassy in DC from 1983-1988.