In France, the law on cannabis has not changed since 1970.
Some experts and politicians now dare to advocate for decriminalization, or even legalization. Others oppose it categorically. “The Obs” solicited their point of view.
When many states have already legalized or decriminalized the use of cannabis, France remains the most repressive country in Europe with joints … while being the one where we consume the most! 42% of French people aged 18 to 64 have smoked cannabis at least once, or 17 million experimenters.
Does Prohibition Contain the Use of a Dangerous and Harmful Product? Does not it rather help to increase the cost and the interest for the product by generating profitable traffic to the mafia? As cannabis use has become a real public health issue, to what extent should the state not control its production, consumption and distribution? So, whether or not to legalize? Advice from experts and politicians on the issue.
We must decriminalize
Bertrand Dautzenberg, pulmonologist at the Pitié-Salpêtrière
“I am against the use of cannabis, but I am convinced that it is necessary to decriminalize and regulate its use because prohibition does not work: France is the leading European consumer and has more and more new users each year, especially at home. young people.