According to France24, the French government has introduced a public consultation program about marijuana legalization asking for the citizens’ opinions on marijuana and what state regulations they would prefer. Although the comment duration’s deadline is 28th February, over 175,000 people have already provided their feedback on the site since 13th January. France24 reported that consultations usually get around 30,000 responses.
France boasts of the highest number of marijuana users across Europe.
The consultation posed questions such as:
- Do you consider the current policies efficient in eradicating drug trafficking?
- Do you consider the related cannabis risks similar to, more severe than or less adverse than those related to alcohol ingestion?
A parliamentary cannabis committee member and the centrist La Republique En Marche member, MP Caroline Janvier, stated that the survey would provide legislators more information than an opinion poll.
During 2020’s last quarter, France finally approved the enactment of a pilot medical marijuana project. However, MP Reda Robin, the parliamentary cannabis committee’s chairman, asserted that he understands that the government will be reluctant and make sure a few folks get to use cannabis under the pilot program.
The measure authorizes commodities with less than 0.2% THC content.
Reda admitted there’s a widespread use of marijuana in society and the state should implement a political approach when handling the issue. She added that no one would appreciate France’s existing legislation especially since the suppressive stance isn’t making any progress.
The outcome of the consultation is expected to be launched in April.
Previous French governments have strongly opposed cannabis legalization. In 2019, when the economic advisory panel under the prime minister’ department released the ‘failure of prohibition’ report, the state responded vehemently.
Agnes Buzyn, the health minister serving at the time, said she was against cannabis authorization and admitted she was waging a strong measure against smoking; thus, she wouldn’t legalize marijuana.