FRENCH LEGISLATION ON CANNABIS

The main law which governs any movement related to cannabis in France is that of December 31, 1970. Said regulation can be understood in several movements, the major ones being: possession, consumption, cultivation and distribution of cannabis.

POSSESSION AND USE OF CANNABIS

First, possession and / or consumption. Is owning and / or consuming this substance legal in France? This is strictly prohibited; whether the person is in a public or private place. In this vein, any individual venturing there can be sentenced to one year in prison; which could be accompanied by a fine of 3,750 euros. However, over time, things have changed. The Macron era softens and relaxes the relationship between cannabis and the law . Having or consuming this substance results in a simple fine. The imprisonment discussed above seems no longer to be required.

CULTIVATION AND SALE OF CANNABIS

Then, culture. Is growing your own cannabis legal in France ? Subject to possible changes to which the law may be subject, as of this writing, its cultivation is prohibited. To do so would be exposed to the following main penalties: a fine of 7.5 million euros and 30 years’ imprisonment.
Finally, the distribution or trade of cannabis . Like culture, selling this substance is repressed by law. In this regard, the fallout is typically the same. Or 7.5 million for a fine and 30 years in prison.

The good news remains that cannabidiol (CBD) is legal in France . Products containing it are authorized and effective. They are very often used in medicine, on the one hand; in cosmetics on the other hand and in food, moreover. Moreover, in this momentum, it is important to specify that therapeutic cannabis has a bright future ahead of it. How to explain this? Indeed, an experiment of this substance is set up in 2020. It makes the use of therapeutic cannabis a legal act. But, provided that it is a patient concerned by the experiment. Cf ANSM site on experimentation .

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