France

Wed
22
Jun

Drugs in Europe: Not Mind-Stretching Enough

Liberal drug policies have spread across Europe. But some early adopters are slipping behind.

On a cobbled street lined with tourist shops in central Prague, a darkened storefront advertises cannabis-flavoured beer and absinthe ice cream. Inside, chocolate bars featuring Bob Marley’s face are for sale alongside “mushroom cookies” and glass bongs. Nothing stronger is on offer. But in a country where the possession of drugs is mostly tolerated, it is not hard to find the real stuff elsewhere: dealers loiter in the city’s main square, and barmen sell cannabis under the counter.

Fri
10
Jun

51 Things You Never Knew About Hemp

The world has had a long and complicated relationship with hemp.

It wasn’t until the twentieth century that hemp fell out of favor as one of the most important crops in the history of mankind. In 2016, however, anything is possible it seems.

So, it could be very soon where a variety of applications using hemp become economical, and hemp grows into a boon for society.

What was once a widespread plant became a taboo within decades. Its history shows it is useful for tens of thousands of applications and counting. 

Wed
25
May

French Schools Refuse to Be Cannabis Police

Saliva tests to find out who uses cannabis in high school in the Paris region – this is just one of the proposals by the local administration’s anti-drugs initiative that has created a storm of controversy, especially among the head teachers who have branded the plan “socially unacceptable and ineffective”. They give two fundamental reasons. Firstly, such coercive measures could damage the relationship of trust between students and teachers, undermining the harmony of student life and instilling a climate of suspicion. Secondly, there is a risk of ‘overshooting’, or ‘killing a fly with a cannon ball’.

Mon
16
May

10 Countries (Aside From the U.S.) Where Some Form of Medical Marijuana Is Legal

Since 1996, two dozen states have approved medical marijuana laws in the U.S. The most recent was Pennsylvania, which passed medical marijuana legislation just last month. We've also witnessed four states legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.

For medical marijuana patients, approval of the drug at the state level means possible new pathways to treatment. Though each state typically differs on what diseases and disorders qualify, glaucoma, epilepsy, and most terminal cancers are ailments that commonly fit the bill. For the states themselves, legalization is primarily motivated by the additional revenue-generating potential. Since marijuana is taxed, medical marijuana provides a way for states to funnel extra money to schools or law enforcement.

Wed
13
Apr

French Government Dismisses Official's Call for Pot Decriminalization Debate

A French minister provoked the ire of his government this week after voicing support for moderate decriminalization of marijuana use among adults.

"The prohibition of cannabis in France deserves to be discussed," Jean-Marie Le Guen, France's secretary of state for relations with the parliament, told the news outlet BFMTV on Monday. "Prohibition does not lead to a reduction in consumption. Our country is one of those whose youth consumes the most."

Tue
12
Apr

French Minister Le Guen Reignites Cannabis Debate

A French junior minister has sparked controversy by calling for renewed debate over the decriminalisation of cannabis. 

"Prohibition is not effective", Jean-Marie Le Guen told France's BFMTV. 

Other lawmakers - including fellow Socialists - dismissed the call, and a government spokesman said there were no plans for decriminalisation.

recent WHO report found more French 15-year-olds smoked cannabis than in 41 other developed nations.

Wed
16
Mar

France And Canada Have The Most Teenage Weed Smokers

(AFP) – France and Canada have the highest percentage of 15-year-old pot smokers among 42 well-off nations surveyed by the World Health Organization, the UN agency said in a report Tuesday.

When it comes to policing marijuana, France is far from the most laid-back country in Europe, so the findings come as something of a surprise.

Amsterdam flaunts its cannabis cafes and Barcelona its private reefer clubs, but neither the Netherlands nor Spain were among the top eight nations in which teens admitted they had used cannabis in the last 30 days, according to the study, based on data from 2014.

Fifteen percent of 15-year-olds in France — slightly more boys than girls — said they had indulged, with Canada’s young stoners close behind.

Thu
25
Feb

The top pot-loving countries

Marijuana legalization has been a political issue in the United States for some time, and while it remains illegal in most states, others have softened their stance in recent years. Colorado and Washington both passed initiatives by popular vote to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in 2012. In 2014, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., followed suit. Many states including Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and Ohio have flirted with legalization for a few election cycles, with buzz growing.

The United States isn't the only country where people use marijuana legally or illicitly. In fact, it isn’t even the country with the highest reported marijuana use.

Sat
20
Feb

France: Cannabis market of 1.1 billion euros difficult to stop

For a week, seizures and arrests follow one another to try to stem the traffic. But France remains one of the largest consumers of cannabis in Europe. Regular smokers are becoming more numerous, 1.4 million in 2014, a market worth over a billion euros and very difficult to control.

Fri
05
Feb

Here are the Countries Where Marijuana Is Legal in Some Form

The global tide concerning marijuana legalization is slowly turning. Amsterdam, with its famous coffeeshops where smoking cannabis is OK, was once the international city most associated with legally smoking marijuana. But more countries are passing legislation either decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana in some form. In fact, almost half the states in the United States have legalized marijuana somehow — with more likely to follow suit. 

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