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Smoking Marijuana on Yom Tov

Question:
Shalom alecha Rav,

The Rav has stated clearly that smoking tobacco is an issur gamor, regardless of whether or not it is permitted to smoke on Yom Tov. However, a question arises about smoking marijuana, which shares neither the risk of addiction nor the health risks as tobacco. On the contrary, there are over 1 million patients in the United States who have been prescribed marijuana for a variety of serious conditions including muscular sclerosis, cancer, seizure disorders, and chronic pain.

1. Is it permissible to smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes on Yom Tov?
2. Is it permissible to smoke marijuana on Yom Tov for oneg and simcha, given that the intoxicating effects of marijuana can aid in contemplation and simchas ha-chag, similar to wine?

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Answer:

While smoking marijuana is widely used for pain treatment of serious illness, this would still not put it into the category of  שוה לכל נפש something considered a common need used by the average person. Hence it would be included in the prohibition of smoking on Yom Tov. There is also no basis for leniency based on considerations of Simchas Hachag.

However, for life threatening diseases such as cancer patients, their medical regimen may be carried out normally on Yom Tov, when necessary. This would include pain relief such as marijuanan as well.

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