WATCH | Israelis rejoice in weed from heaven

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  • In a bid to legalize cannabis, marijuana activists in Israel drop weed bags from a drone over Tel Aviv
  • It is understood that hundreds of bags of weed were dropped on Thursday, setting off a mad scramble by onlookers to stock up.
  • According to reports, the giveaway was orchestrated by a Telegram group called Green Drone.

Cannabis rained from on high in Israel's liberal hub of Tel Aviv this week as legalisation campaigners used a drone to airdrop bags of the drug, sparking delight on the ground.

"Green Drone" had pre-announced a drop of hundreds of bags, each containing two grammes (just under a 10th of an ounce), on central Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.

"It's time, dear friends. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Green Drone distributing free cannabis from the sky," it said on its Telegram channel, quoted in Israeli media.

It urged followers to roll up for further dope drops every week at different locations around Israel, although police arrested two alleged drone operators on Saturday.

Israeli smokers often use encrypted messaging apps to order weed deliveries, although the drug is illegal in the Jewish state.

Medical use of cannabis is allowed but Israeli police frequently boast of drug busts.

Researchers said in June that it was highly likely that ancient Israelites got high on cannabis in religious rituals, after researchers found traces of the drug at a religious site in Israel.

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