France

Thu
04
Jun

HSBC pays out £28m over money-laundering claims

Geneva prosecutor agrees to close investigation into HSBC in return for the financial settlement

HSBC has been ordered to pay a record 40m Swiss francs (£28m) and been given a final warning by the Geneva authorities for “organisational deficiencies” which allowed money laundering to take place in the bank’s Swiss subsidiary.

The settlement means the Swiss will not prosecute HSBC or publish the findings of their investigation into alleged aggravated money laundering. But Geneva’s chief prosecutor, Olivier Jornot, cautioned that the bank was on notice, saying: “This is an excuse which will only apply once.”

Sun
31
May

Jailed cannabis farmer Kristian Roulet continues to puzzle police - from behind bars

Who is the real Kristian Roulet and where on earth does he come from?

The shadowy figure snared at a major cannabis farm in a sleepy, idyllic corner ofWarwickshire remains a mystery man – even after being jailed.

Police are still not certain Kristian Roulet is who he claims to be – or about where he comes from.

The 18-year-old claimed to be French, but an interpreter pinpointed his accent to south-east Europe, possibly Albania.

Roulet has no documents revealing his identity.

What is known is that he was caretaker of a £66,000 cannabis crop that filled a modest, three-bedroomed home in Long Itchington.

Thu
28
May

An interview with the only French party devoted to the cause of cannabis

Cannabis Sans Frontières is the only French party to run for election for the legalization of the herb. It was founded in 2009 by Farid Ghehiouèche with other pro-legalization activists. The party line is located at the extreme left of the political spectrum - reforms for the right to housing, open borders, the right to basic income - except they are also in favor of legalizing therapies based alternatives poppy, cannabis or iboga, and support to victims of those accused or suspected of drug use. In the European elections of 2014, the party had collected 7,389 votes in his favor, or 0.24% of the votes - which is low, we will agree.
 

Fri
22
May

Marseille Drug Dealer Offers Cannabis Buyers Loyalty Cards

Regular cannabis buyers in Marseille, France were amazed to receive loyalty cards with their purchases on Thursday. The loyalty card included a price list, the dealer’s opening hours, and a polite message thanking them for their business.

 

Apparently, for purchasers of cannabis from this particular dealer, opening hours in Marseille are from 11 a.m. to midnight and the message was very professional and friendly.

“We look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood, thanks for your loyalty.”

Fri
15
May

Tupperpot: Feminism & Weed

Tupperpot is the amalgam of Tupperware and Pot (another name for overseas cannabis) itself from Tuppersex (meeting women around toys).
In San Francisco (California), a group of women embarked on organizing meetings around marijuana based on the model of the famous meetings around the famous plastic boxes of all colors and all shapes.

Finding themselves with several friends, talking quietly about weed with a clear head and displaying the latest cannabinoid market innovations, it is the principle of Tupperpot.

Tue
12
May

Paris protesters call on France to legalize recreational marijuana use

People demand the legalisation of marijuana, on May 9, 2015 in Paris, France (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Crowds of protesters, many dressed in Jamaican colours, made their way through the streets of the French capital from the Place de la Republique to Bastille calling for the legalisation of recreational marijuana use.

“What do we want? Legalisation,” chanted the crowd, wreathed in clouds of hashish smoke and gathered behind a banner reading “Another drug policy is possible” and placards calling for “Ganga for all”.

Mon
11
May

Paris protesters call for fresh cannabis legalisation laws

Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Crowds of protesters, many dressed in Jamaican colours, made their way through the streets of the French capital from the Place de la Republique to Bastille calling for the legalisation of recreational marijuana use.

"What do we want? Legalisation," chanted the crowd, wreathed in clouds of hashish smoke and gathered behind a banner reading "Another drug policy is possible" and placards calling for "Ganga for all".

Some, like 16-year-old Julien, came because they wanted to "smoke in peace". 

Sun
10
May

Legalise cannabis supporters march in Paris

 

Placards and banners with the message "Ganga for all!" could be seen in the streets of Paris on Saturday as hundreds marched in support of legalising cannabis. As part of the Global Marijuana March, the crowds were calling for a change in France's drug policy.

 

The GMM is an annual rally held at different locations across the planet, now in its 15th year. Pro-cannabis rallies were held last weekend in several cities across France such as Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Bayonne and Poitiers.

Among the arguments for the legalisation of recreational marijuana use: less trafficking, better products and perhaps less crime.

Others say marajuana offers relief for the terminally ill.

Thu
07
May

Medical marijuana grow facility sets up shop in Paris

Toronto-based Kindcann moves into former chicken plant.

A motorized security gate, barbed wire fence and abundance of security cameras are obvious signs a new business in north Paris is out of the ordinary.

Inside, light in one room from 50 high-pressure sodium fixtures is so bright it hurts the naked eye.

Welcome to a medical marijuana growing facility setting up shop in a former chicken processing plant in the community.

It’s been an understated arrival for Toronto-based Kindcann.

“I like the fact that everything is flying under the radar and that things are quiet,” said CEO and co-founder Maxim Zavet.

Kindcann originally looked to partner with a First Nations community near Fort Frances, Ont., but the plan fell through.

Sat
02
May

France: Cannabis, monitoring, two demonstrations for more freedom

This Saturday afternoon, 2 May, in the city center of Lyon has been the scene of two militant demonstrations. A rally against the adoption of surveillance law has crossed the world of cannabis.

The first event, an opposition rally in the surveillance law that will be voted on in the National Assembly on Tuesday, met with Terreaux 500 people according to organizers, 150 according to police. Participants included members of the collective Lyon Without surveillance. On their website, they oppose a bill that, among others, "contains two articles that allow the interception of all data from all French citizens live on the Internet in order to turn over "suspicious" behavior ".

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