The intersection of technology and illicit activities has always been a fascinating subject. In recent years, the rise of encrypted messaging platforms has provided an unexpected avenue for the distribution of illegal substances. One such case that garnered attention is the Telegrass cannabis network in Israel. In this article, we delve into the details of how cannabis found its way into the digital realm via Telegram and the legal implications surrounding it.

The Telegrass Network

What Was Telegrass? Telegrass was a virtual marketplace for cannabis enthusiasts, operating exclusively on the popular messaging application Telegram. Founded by Amos Dov Silver, this clandestine network facilitated the sale and distribution of marijuana, as well as other drugs like LSD and MDMA. The platform connected over 3,000 drug sellers with approximately 200,000 buyers, making it a significant player in the underground market.

The Modus Operandi

Telegrass operated under a veil of anonymity. Users could discreetly browse a menu of cannabis products, place orders, and arrange deliveries—all within the confines of the Telegram app. The network’s managers skillfully concealed their revenues by utilizing digital currencies like Bitcoin. This allowed them to evade traditional financial tracking methods.

The Legal Battle

In April 2019, prosecutors filed indictments against 27 suspects allegedly involved in the Telegrass network. These individuals faced charges ranging from drug trafficking and money laundering to contributing to the delinquency of minors. The prosecution requested that 22 of the suspects remain in custody throughout the legal proceedings.

The International Cooperation

The investigation spanned multiple countries, with law enforcement agencies from the United States, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, France, and the Netherlands collaborating with Israeli authorities. Their efforts led to the arrest of 42 suspected members, including the network’s founder, Amos Dov Silver. Silver’s arrest occurred in Ukraine, where legal proceedings were underway for his extradition.

Medical Cannabis in Israel

In Israel, medical cannabis is legal and regulated, but it requires a prescription from a licensed physician and must be obtained through authorized channels. However, recreational cannabis remains illegal, and purchasing it through platforms like Telegram would likely involve dealing with illegal sources, which can be risky and potentially dangerous.

While recreational use of cannabis remains illegal in Israel, the country has made significant strides in making medical cannabis accessible. Israel is poised to become a major exporter of medical cannabis, emphasizing its commitment to research and innovation in this field.

As a matter of fact, non-prescription medical cannabis bags are still available in Israel even today, and for many consumers who have not been recognized yet by the establishment, this is a comfortable and desirable situation. No doubt that the legality of the matter is a sensitive matter in the dynamic and developing field of cannabis in Israel.

The Future Outlook

As technology continues to evolve, so do the methods of drug distribution. The Telegrass case serves as a testament to the adaptability of criminal networks. Law enforcement agencies worldwide must stay vigilant and collaborate across borders to combat such illicit activities.


The Telegrass saga highlights the convergence of technology, crime, and legality. Telegram, initially designed for communication, unwittingly became a hub for drug transactions. As we navigate this digital age, we must grapple with the challenges posed by virtual platforms that transcend geographical boundaries. The Telegrass network may have been dismantled, but its legacy serves as a cautionary tale for both law enforcement and users alike.

It must be emphasized that obtaining cannabis, especially through unofficial channels in Telegram or any other messaging platform, is still illegal in Israel (as of 2024) unless obtained through authorized medical channels.

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Nicolas Desjardins

Hello everyone, I am the main writer for SIND Canada. I've been writing articles for more than 12 years and I like sharing my knowledge. I'm currently writing for many websites and newspapers. I always keep myself very informed to give you the best information. All my years as a computer scientist made me become an incredible researcher. You can contact me on our forum or by email at [email protected].