It’s still illegal to get high in France, but the tickets got cheaper


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.

By: Maurice Eisma

Maurice Esma, a co-founder of EconomicInform is a freelance journalist with the expertise in international finance and corporate rights. The author can be reached by email

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