France: The Legalization of Cannabis at the Center of the Debate

Marseille elected on Sunday (January 8th) to legalize the consumption of cannabis. This subject, has divided the left for 20 years, is again being debated between candidates at the primary level.

Legalize, decriminalize or penalize the consumption of cannabis?

The question has resurfaced in recent weeks. On Sunday, 8 January, one hundred and fifty Marseilles, including PS Patrick Mennucci and Marie-Arlette Carlotti, launched an appeal in the JDD for a "controlled legalization" of cannabis.

Among the candidates for the primary organized by the Socialist party, several are of this oppinion. Benoît Hamon wants to go beyond decriminalization (use is no longer an offense but culture and commerce remain punished) and advocates for legalization. He puts forward two arguments: killing illegal traffic and improving prevention.

"I will use the annual 568 million euros used for repression for the purpose of prevention and information on the risks associated with this consumption" he...

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