France council proposes cannabis legalization to boost public health

France is one of the most popular places for cannabis consumption on the entire planet, which may shock some people, given the fact that France’s public cannabis policies are not as favorable as policies in many other countries, including countries in Europe. However, France has one of the highest cannabis consumption rates on earth. Per data from 2020, 46% of adults in France have tried cannabis at least once, with 11% consuming cannabis annually. Cannabis remains illegal in France with very few exceptions, and the consumption of unregulated cannabis products is a public health concern, according to the nation’s Economic, Social and Environmental Council. That public health concern is why they are now recommending that France legalize cannabis for adult use.

The Economic, Social and Environmental Council is chaired by Jean-François Naton, CGT confederal adviser, and its recommendation to pass an adult-use legalization measure comes after a year of the entity conducting research. The research reportedly involved extensive interviews, including in the southern region of France, where unregulated cannabis activity seems to be particularly popular. The Council’s recommendation is not legally binding. However, it does make a very compelling argument for legalization, and the theme of the argument seems to be part of a growing trend on the continent.


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