EU’s Highest Court Rules On CBD

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled member states must not prohibit the marketing of lawfully produced cannabidiol (CBD).

The case in question was in relation to a situation where parties produced hemp-derived CBD in the Czech Republic that was then imported into France for use in other products. Criminal proceedings were launched against the parties on the basis of a claim that French legislation only allows for the fibre and seeds of hemp to be put to commercial use.


France Supports Medical Cannabis During a United Nations Meeting

For the first time in nearly a century, France vigorously defended the therapeutic potential of cannabis at the United Nations this week. The European nation is calling the historic World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to declassify medical cannabis from Schedule IV “necessary.” 


3,000 medical cannabis patients in France to receive free weed for two years

France has announced a medical cannabis trial that is expected to begin in Mar. 2021, will run for two years and will see 3,000 patients receive pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products for free, Le Monde reports.


French Committee Pushes for Cannabis Legalization

Throughout all the major cannabis news that has been making headlines in Europe, the U.S., and across the globe over the past ten or so years, France has been almost nowhere in the mix.


Forced Legalizations: EU & France Battle it out Over CBD Laws

France and the EU have been fighting it out in court over import laws concerning a CBD case. If the EU wins it means a forced legalization of CBD across the entire EU… But if France wins, could it be the beginning of the end for CBD?


What’s France Up To? New Cannabis Fines and Litigation Over CBD

From instituting new on-the-spot cannabis fines, to battling it out in court with the EU over the legality of CBD imports, France is quite busy right now, and the implications of its case could change cannabis laws throughout Europe.

Some countries make more sense in their slower acquiescence to accepting cannabis (and some have barely started the process at all). But many countries, particularly those of Western Europe, are gradually easing restrictions on cannabis use. This is not the case for France, which just instituted new fines for cannabis users, and is fighting the EU to restrict CBD imports that have any THC at all.


France to fight cannabis use with €200 on-the-spot fines

French police will start hitting users of illicit drugs, particularly cannabis, with on-the-spot fines starting in September, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Saturday.

Spot fines of 200 euros ($233) have been tested in several French cities in recent weeks and will now be applied nationwide, Castex said, ruling out a decriminalisation of cannabis.

A French law dating back to 1970 allows for illicit drug use to be punished with up to a year in prison and fined with up to 3,750 euros, but few users actually do jail time.

French people are Europe's leading consumers of cannabis and hold the number three spot for cocaine use.


Marijuana use increased during COVID-19 lockdown, survey shows

The coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in the use of party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, but also to an increase in pot use, according to Global Drug Survey.

Forty thousand people from 12 countries participated in the online survey that looked at changes in alcohol and drug-related habits during the global health crisis. The 12 countries included in the study were Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. 

Based on the data, nearly a fifth of people reported that they used less cocaine during lockdown, while 29% said they used less MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or molly. 


France: With no smuggling going on, black market cannabis prices are absolutely wild right now

It’s a matter of supply and demand. With coronavirus shutting down the regular pipeline of cannabis into France, where marijuana is not legal, pricing has soared.

Hash seems to be a product of choice for the French, according to Merry Jane. But while nearby countries such as Morocco, Belgium and the Netherlands usually offer enough supply to satisfy demand, travel restrictions have bumped black market pricing to absolutely wild levels.


France almost ready to launch massive trial into benefits of medical marijuana

France’s National Assembly has approved a two-year initiative that will offer an alternative treatment to 3,000 patients for whom no other options remain.

The testing will involve a six-month phase-in period, six months for patient enrollment, six months for patient treatment and monitoring, and six months for data analysis, according JD Supra, a legal website.

The study aims to help people suffering from conditions such as neuropathic pain, severe epilepsy, painful spasticity in multiple sclerosis sufferers and certain nervous system pathologies. It will also treat people in palliative care.


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