France

Tue
12
Jun

France opens first coffee shops selling CBD products

France allows the sale of cannabis and hemp products that contain less than 0.2 percent THC.

Among European Union nations, France has some of the toughest laws against cannabis. Yet the country of nearly 67 million people has one of the highest rates of cannabis consumption in Europe. Recognizing the demand, some French companies have figured out a way to satisfy customers’ desire for cannabis, in a way that doesn’t break the law.

Across France, “coffee shops” selling cannabis and hemp products are springing up. But customers won’t find any products with THC in them. Instead, these coffee shops are exclusively selling CBD products.

Fri
01
Jun

The status quo on marijuana has changed in France

In an interview on France Inter radio last week, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said she is considering regulating medical cannabis in France. This is a welcoming announcement that means medical cannabis is no longer a taboo topic, and that we’ll be able to have a real conversation about it in a country that is home to the second largest population in Europe.

Tue
01
May

Trump Tuesday: Donald Trump memes and jokes: Funniest internet reactions to US President's 'bizarre and embarrassing' meeting with Emmanuel Macron

As Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron met at the Oval Officeto discuss such pressing issues as trade, Syria and the Iran nuclear deal, social media picked up on the sometimes bizarre spectacle. 

Surreal photo opps abounded, with the two leaders planting a tree, kissing each other's cheeks and - perhaps most strangely - Mr Trump brushing his counterpart down "for dandruff". 

Thu
25
Jan

France to fight cannabis use with spot fines

Cannabis users will soon face on-the-spot fines in France, where teenage use of the drug is among the highest in Europe, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Thursday.

Collomb said legislation would be presented to parliament in the coming weeks, honoring an election campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron who says spot fines should be used to deter petty crimes that often end up unpunished in overloaded courts.

The number of 15- and 16-year-olds who admitted recent use of cannabis was higher in France than any other European country in a 2015 survey published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction, an EU agency.

Wed
24
Jan

France to soften cannabis laws — but not legalise

France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success?

The new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an instant fine of 150-200 euros ($180-250) instead of prosecution and the threat of a one-year jail term.

The change was an election campaign pledge from Macron last year, justified on the grounds that it would reduce the time spent by the police and judiciary on criminal cases involving recreational smokers.

Mon
11
Dec

Drunk driving 11 times more dangerous than driving high

Several studies in recent years suggest an increase in car accidents following cannabis legalization, but the data typically lacks enough detail to provide a proper analysis. For example, the primary studies do not account for other substances, who was at fault or when the driver smoked cannabis.

The latter is key since a person can test positive for cannabis several weeks after consumption. Nevertheless, a new study reconfirms what many others have, namely that driving drunk is significantly more dangerous. 

"Cannabis, alcohol and fatal road accidents," published by the PLoS One journal in November 2017, examined details from the Metropolitan France police force that included more than 4,000 drivers involved in car accidents.

Mon
14
Aug

Marijuana Products Sending More French Kids to ERs

Increased availability of potent marijuana products in France may be driving an increase in emergency room visits by intoxicated toddlers, a new study suggests.

Yearly admissions for accidental marijuana intoxication at pediatric emergency departments in France more than doubled between 2004 and 2014, researchers found.

"I was surprised by the increase of admissions in my unit for cannabis unintentional intoxication among toddlers and by the increase of severe presentation after children had eaten part or a entire cannabis resin stick," said lead author Dr. Isabelle Claudet, who heads the pediatric emergency department at Hopital des Enfants in Toulouse.

Wed
02
Aug

Why Will Europe Be Slow in Legalising Medical Cannabis

Drug policy usually moves like an iceberg: slowly. And while and it can be hard to turn, sometimes it changes course in an unexpected direction. In the case of cannabis or marijuana, it may be picking up speed, but there are rough waters ahead.

Wed
05
Jul

Global Cannabis Lifestyle Brand Marley Natural Makes European Debut at Iconic French Retailer Colette

System Magazine and Creatures of the Wind collaborate with Marley Natural on pop-up during couture fashion week in Paris.

Fri
02
Jun

France To Effectively Decriminalize Cannabis By Ending Prison Terms

The French government is about to make some drastic changes to the enforcement of cannabis use laws. A government spokesperson revealed that by the end of 2017, France will end all prison terms for cannabis users.

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