France

Mon
14
Jun

Patients hopeful for France's medical cannabis experiment

Doctors are slowly enrolling patients in France's first experiment with medical cannabis, three months after it began. Many are eager to access the drug to address a range of disorders, including chronic pain, but participation in the experiment is onerous – and chances of success, for most, are slim.

“Patients are really eager to get these products. They know they are available in other countries and some of them have been abroad to get them,” says neurologist Didier Bouhassira.

Tue
30
Mar

France’s Medical Cannabis Trial Kicks Off

The French Government’s medical cannabis trial saw its first patient prescribed a medicine at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital last Friday.

Launched by France’s Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier Véran, the trial aims to collect the first French data on the efficacy and safety of cannabis for therapeutic purposes, as well as to lay the foundations for its long-term availability.

Around 3,000 patients will be participating in the study.

Minister Véran stated (translated):

Fri
12
Mar

Cannabis Legalization is Extremely Popular in France

When it comes to cannabis consumption on the European continent, France stands above the rest of the countries in the region.

According to the United Nations, France has the highest rate of cannabis consumption among the list of European countries, over double the European average.

With that in mind, it’s unfortunate that France is not leading the charge when it comes to reforming Europe’s harmful cannabis laws.

Nations like the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Italy seem to be much more favorable when it comes to the possibility of passing the first adult-use cannabis legalization measure in Europe.

Thu
04
Mar

Most French people in favour of legalising cannabis, parliamentary survey finds

hand holding out smoking joint

A majority of French people are in favour of legalising cannabis for recreational use, according to a recent parliamentary survey. Although France has Europe's highest number of cannabis smokers, it also has some of the harshest drug laws.

The survey, involving a quarter of a million people, was carried out last month by a parliamentary fact-finding mission, which showed that more than 80 percent of those polled agree that consumption and production should be allowed, governed by law.

Tue
16
Feb

Parlez-vous Cannabis MĂ©dical? The French Begin National Medical Cannabis Trial

faded French flag in front of hand holding cannabis

France has bowed to the inevitable. After several years of promises about normalizing the discussion and failing to do so, and further in direct contrast to its German, Dutch, Danish, and even Swiss and Spanish neighbours, the country has finally caved in recognizing that medical cannabis has at least theoretical efficacy.

Thu
11
Feb

CBD cannabis entrepreneurs seize their chance in France

woman holding up glass jar filled with cannabis buds

Tomany Macalou got his green light for a Paris cannabis shop last November, when a European court chided France for cracking down on cannabis products stripped of the THC molecules that get people high.

Moving fast, he joined a new crop of entrepreneurs entering a less-illicit side of France's cannabis market, offering buds but also teas, candy and oils containing only cannabidiol (CBD), the plant's other main ingredient.

"Some use it to lower their blood pressure or help with insomnia," Macalou told AFP at his shop, Cannabillion, just a few blocks from a police station in eastern Paris.

Thu
28
Jan

France To Give Out Cannabis for Free

Man holding out a little jar of "medical marijuana"

Okay, it’s an admittedly vague title, but it’s still true. France’s upcoming medical pilot program involves supplying medical cannabis to patients for free, and though the program was postponed, France just released the companies that won the bid to supply this free marijuana.

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Tue
19
Jan

Is France moving towards legalising cannabis for recreational purposes?

man smoking joint
As the French people are being asked whether they favour legalising cannabis for recreational purposes, half of the mayors in Paris region are in favour, a new survey shows.
When French newspaper Le Parisien rang up 36 elected officials across the greater Paris Île-de-France region to ask their opinion on whether or not cannabis should be legalised for recreational purposes, only 22 percent said no. 
 
Twenty-eight percent did not want to give their opinion, sometimes expressing concern they lacked information about the topic.
 
Thu
14
Jan

France to ask public opinion on recreational cannabis

hands holding cannabis buds

The French parliament will launch an online questionnaire today to better understand public opinion towards recreational cannabis use.

The questionnaire, which will have five or six questions, will be available on the Assemblée nationale website for around one month.

MP for Essonne and leader of the project, Robin Reda, told AFP that a report detailing the results would be available towards the end of March or beginning of April. 

Tue
24
Nov

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.

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