France

Thu
28
Mar

Cannabis in sport: a friend or a foe?

The Cannabis Act could lift the lid on research into cannabis as a performance-enhancing drug now that more athletes are opening up about using cannabis in sport.

The medical effects of cannabis in sport and exercise are largely unknown. Given developing attitudes towards the drug and change in legislation in many different countries, it is vital that more cannabis research is done in order to inform policy in both government and sports.

Wed
27
Mar

10 things you'll want to know about Europe's fast-growing marijuana market

You've probably heard plenty about the launch of the Canadian recreational marijuana market. And you are likely up to speed on the rapid expansion of legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana in the U.S. But how much do you know about marijuana markets in Europe?

Cannabis market research company Brightfield Group released its European CBD and Cannabis Market 2019 Report on Tuesday. This report analyzed the cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis markets in Europe and in key individual European countries. Here are 10 things you'll want to know about Europe's fast-growing marijuana market from Brightfield Group's new report. 

Wed
20
Feb

Tough cannabis policy has no effect on youth consumption rates: study

A new study has discovered that tough policies around drug use do not successfully deter youth from using cannabis, and that more liberal policies do not lead to an increase in rates of use.

Researchers at the University of Kent re-analysed information from over 100,000 teens in 38 countries such as Canada, the US, the UK, Russian and France.

Wed
05
Sep

How to talk cannabis in seven different countries

Traveling to the Netherlands? Russia? This weed slang guide will make sure you’re never dry.

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.

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