Legal Cannabis on the Cards as French Election Heats Up

The first round of France’s Socialist party primary has yielded a surprise victory for the country’s cannabis enthusiasts.

It comes in the form of Benoit Hamon, described by BBC News as the “French Bernie Sanders”, who has captured public interest with a series of policy proposals, including legalising cannabis.

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Benoit Hamon. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Hamon, who is now the early favourite to become the left-wing candidate in this year’s French presidential election, has constructed his campaign around a proposal to introduce a “revenu universel”, a monthly payment for all French citizens over 18, no matter their employment status.

However, pollsters have ex-Education Minister Hamon as a complete outsider to win the presidency, should he beat his closest rival ex-PM Manuel Vallis to become the Socialist party candidate.

Forbes reports figures from France’s public health agency which estimate that 700,000 citizens consume cannabis...

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