Just days after a French MP called for cannabis reforms and a referendum in France, the results of an online government survey on the subject have arrived. The data shows that the majority of respondents would support the legalization of recreational cannabis in the country.
More than 250.000 people participated in the survey, with more than 80% supporting reforms to make recreational consumption and production legal in France. In addition, more than 85% of those surveyed believe that individuals should be allowed to grow a limited amount of cannabis for personal use.
On the other hand, only 14% would opt for the decriminalization of adult use and 5% of respondents said the current restrictions are not strict enough. Less than 1% of respondents believe that cannabis laws should remain unchanged.
Legalization of cannabis in France
Commenting on the results, LREM MP Caroline Janvier said, "We now know that the legalization of marijuana is no longer taboo in France and that our citizens recognize the ineffectiveness of current legislation." Nonetheless, RFI quotes French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin as opposed to the legalization of the drug.
Still, Jean-Baptiste Moreau, Member of Parliament for Creuse and head of a parliamentary committee on recreational cannabis use, said he thought legalizing adult use of the drug could be a viable option in France.
Cannabis debate on cannabis prohibition
On Sunday (January 28), Mr Moreau said on Franceinfo: “The ban is not working. There is talk of a ban, but we are seeing record levels when it comes to usage. The situation is unsustainable. We see an illegal market that finances other networks. For example the arms trade. ” According to Moreau, decriminalization would not be effective enough to solve the problem. The government must establish a system to regulate the legal cannabis market and ensure that customers can purchase safe, high-quality products at a reasonable price.
Most cannabis users in France and Spain
Recent data shows that France has the highest percentage of cannabis use in Europe has - like Spain - and that 11% of the population uses cannabis. The figures put the country ahead of Italy (10,2%), the Netherlands (9,6%) and Finland (8,2%). The UK is also in the top 10 with a usage rate of 7,1%.
Last October, Olivier Véran, the Minister of Solidarity and Health, signed a decree to start a pilot program that could eventually provide patients with free medicinal weed.
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