In Activist Stunt, Drone in Tel Aviv Makes It Rain Cannabis

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On Thursday, a drone deployed by the Telegram group dropped hundreds of bags of weed over Rabin Square.

Have you ever prayed for a bag of weed to simply fall down from the sky?

It’s a situation almost any committed cannabis consumer has experienced at one time or another.

Perhaps you’re in the car, making a dash to your local dispensary. Toss in a few ill-timed red lights and a last-minute scramble for parking, and you might just find the spot has closed mere minutes before you reach the door.

For others, travel can often lead to desperate pleas. During stretches on the road, when consumers find themselves away from reliable options, a desire (for some, “craving” may be more accurate) for pot coupled with a lack of any way to get some can quickly leave one longingly looking upward.

Usually such efforts are an exercise in futility, though perhaps there’s an exception to be made for the rare cannabis consumer who lives underneath a pot shop or a kindly neighbor growing their own. However, for the rest of us, beckoning to the heavens for a fresh stash is not going to get it done.

Thus, anyone who was in the vicinity of Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Thursday can be forgiven if they initially mistook the sight of bags of marijuana falling from the sky as a full-blooded miracle.

Of course, it wasn’t actually divine cannabis intervention but the work of an organization called the Telegram group, according to the Jerusalem Post. The stunt, which took place on the afternoon of September 3, involved the group deploying a “green drone” (their terminology), which then dropped “hundreds of bags of cannabis” over Rabin Square.

As one might expect, the stunt brought about minor chaos, with the Post reporting that the falling cannabis parcels attracted “dozens of confused people, who rushed to pick up as many bags as they could carry.”

Sadly, no video of the moment has surfaced, but it appears the forecast may be calling for more incidents of “weed weather” in the near future. Indeed, the Telegram group’s efforts to advocate for the legalization of cannabis in Israel are reportedly set to increase, with the Rabin Square event marking the first of what the group is calling their “rain of cannabis” delivery system.

In a message published prior to the drone drop, the group provided some context to their intent and future plans.

“It’s time my dear brothers,” the post began. “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the green drone, handing out free cannabis from the sky… Enjoy my beloved brothers, this is your pilot brother, making sure we all get some free love.”

The message also touches on the group’s “rain of cannabis” project, which will apparently seek to replicate Thursday’s drop in other parts of Israel:

“We’re launching the ‘rain of cannabis’ project: that will include a weekly delivery to different parts of the country of [one] kilo of cannabis divided into free [two] gram bags.”

Even if the group’s intentions are noble, Thursday’s debut run wasn’t without its consequences.

As the Post reports, “police announced shortly after the incident that it had arrested two suspects in their 30s, who allegedly operated the drone that flew over Rabin Square which scattered the bags of cannabis.”

Details on the individuals arrested and their specific roles with regards to the larger operation were not clear, but the arrests are a reminder of the stakes involved for those in Israel who choose to ignore the law in favor of cannabis activism.

At the same time, sanitary concerns in the midst of a pandemic do raise eyebrows at the prospect of grabbing a bag of pot off the ground and gleefully putting its contents into one’s lungs. Suffice it to say,  efforts meant to further the cause should never be outweighed by the potential risk setting things back even further. If people were to somehow get sick — this isn’t COVID specific, mind you — that helps no one.

Caveats aside, as a means of grabbing the spotlight, it’s fair to say that one can’t beat the spectacle of making it rain marijuana on a hot summer’s day.

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