Green Leaf, an Israeli pro-marijuana party, has lumped pot with such things as beans and corn that are forbidden on Passover week, which begins Monday. “You shouldn’t smoke marijuana on the holiday,” said Green Leaf spokesperson Michelle Levine, wistfully. “And if you have it in your house you should get rid of it.” (And you also shouldn’t give another man’s girl a foot massage, don’t forget.)
Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover, replacing bread with flat crackers called matza. More recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils – and in marijuana. Green Leaf is a small political party that supports the legalization of marijuana. Although it is by no means a Jewish religious authority, the group decided to warn its observant supporters away from the drug on Passover.
The Sephardim, however, are probably floating in a happy little cloud around this time because, since rabbinic injunctions banning hemp were never adopted by Sephardic Jews, they can put the “high” in “l’chaim” at the seder. (Source; t/y Eduardo)