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France Intends to Decriminalize Pot by September

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France’s newly appointed Interior Minister said that the country would like to decriminalize marijuana possession by September.

In an interview on May 24th with French news channel BFMTV, Gérard Collomb stated that under the proposed rules, those caught with small amounts of pot for personal use will receive a fine of up to 100 and no further prosecution. Collumb’s office stated that they “are launching without delay.” Macron himself has gone on record as saying that it is “vain to systematically penalize the consumption of cannabis.”

The new policy will be in stark contrast to the current penalties, which are some of the harshest in the entire European Union. This is according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which cites that at the moment, those caught with cannabis in the French nation can receive one year in prison and a fine of €3,000.

Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron campaigned on marijuana decriminalization as one of his party platforms. Now that he has won the coveted seat as leader of the country, Macron is seemingly making good on his promise.

Despite the overly-aggressive punishments for pot currently in play, approximately 550,000 people in France between the ages of 15-64 use cannabis every day. That is 1.5 percent of the country’s total population.

If all goes as planned for France and marijuana reform, the country will join an existing chorus of nations in the European Union that have chosen the path of enlightenment when it comes to pot.

Some of the latest developments with France’s neighboring countries include the Island of Malta which is considering legalizing adult-use cannabis after having decriminalized it in April of 2015. A bill in Italy to legalize pot is in the process of being drafted, and most recently, the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom have made full cannabis legalization a part of their campaign platform. With France choosing to do the same, Europe could soon give North America a run for its money when it comes to the speed at which marijuana is removed from the shadows of prohibition.

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Jon Hiltz was a journalist for Marijuana.com for two years and is now director of content for INDIVA, a licensed cannabis producer in Ontario Canada.

9 Comments

  1. If 1/5 of France’s population consumes marijuana, it would make no sense not to change the laws to reflect society’s value, even if it 1/5 of the population.

  2. I think after Canada legalizes in the summer, everyone will follow. Most countries banned it because they got bullied by USA. Now USA is doing a 180.

    • After the latest G8 summit, where Trump made an absolute ass of himself (as usual), I think the EU is fair in concluding that U.S. direction no longer has any relevance to the world at large.

      • Sadly, I have to agree with Doug.
        Trump has made it VERY clear that he is living in the 50’s(as in 1950) and believes that the US isn’t part of the world community-sad indeed…..

  3. Jennifer Jones Berquet on

    ça, c’est magnifique! Une américaine de California/Washington/Oregon qui habite à France! Bonnes nouvelles!

  4. So a 100 Euro fine but you still have to deal with the black market, is unacceptable decriminalise all personal possessions and production to a limit of 6 plants and you practically destroy the criminal element overnight
    But governments are in effect criminal organisations by the punitive taxation programs (its a protection racket in short)

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