For the first time in modern history, cannabis in its many forms is not only available and accessible, it’s legal in many states, including Massachusetts.

What does this brave new world mean for the Jews? It’s high time we asked some blunt questions about Jews and cannabis, from Tanach to tetrahydrocannabinol.

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Rabbi Dr. Baruch HaLevi (Courtesy photo)

The Vibe of the Tribe team consulted an expert on this burning issue: Rabbi Dr. Baruch HaLevi (aka Rabbi B) is a serial “cannapreneur” (cannabis entrepreneur)—in 2014 he co-founded Green Partners Investments, establishing Sira Naturals, one of the state’s largest cannabis cultivation facilities and dispensaries, then in 2015 co-founded Vitruvian Research, an Israel-based cannabis research company. Today he is the director of corporate social responsibility for ONE Cannabis Group.

Tune in to hear Rabbi B discuss Israel’s global leadership in medicinal cannabis research, how cannabis is viewed in the Torah, Talmud and Jewish tradition, and how this growing industry can follow ethical guidelines to support social justice initiatives.

Have comments or ideas for us? Email podcast@jewishboston.com.

Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

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