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JERUSALEM _ A pro-marijuana party in Israel is advising its religious supporters to abstain during Passover. The Green Leaf party says cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the week-long festival that begins Monday. A spokeswoman says observant Jews "shouldn't smoke marijuana on the holiday." And she tells them, "if you have it in your house you should get rid of it." Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover. European rabbis later expanded the ban to other foods including beans, corn and hemp seeds, which are found in marijuana. However, the hemp ban was never adopted by Sephardic Jews, who come from countries in the Middle East and North Africa. That means they're free to smoke marijuana -- except for the fact that it's illegal, despite the best efforts of the Green Leaf people.
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