France Wants to Scrap Prison Terms for Cannabis Use

France will introduce a new law by the end of the year to soften punishments for cannabis use, officials say.

The legislation, a key promise of President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign, will end prison terms for marijuana consumers.

But the changes will stop short of decriminalising use of the drug, according to government spokesman Christophe Castaner.

France is one of half-a-dozen countries in the EU that still criminalises cannabis use, in contrast to Portugal.

Currently those caught using the drug in France face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to 3,750 euros.

Castaner said on average drug offences take up six hours of police time, and the same for magistrates.

“Is the system effective? No,” he said. “What is important today is to be efficient and above all to free up time for our police so they can focus more on...

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