The French parliament has voted for a flat-rate fine of € 200 for the use of illegal narcotics including cannabis preparations. Until now, there was a prison sentence and a hefty fine on the use of drugs, but that sentence was rarely implemented.
Twenty-eight MPs voted for the article, fourteen against. The aim is to reduce the growing number of cannabis users. In 2017 there were 5 million, including 700,000 daily users.
Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet stressed that the prosecutor’s office keeps the possibility to prosecute drug use. Drug users risk up to a year in prison and a 3,750 euro fine. The left opposition denounced that the measure is not accompanied by health measures.
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