Paris, France -- France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws
to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among
Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under
President Emmanuel Macron have more success?
The new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making
users caught with cannabis liable for an instant fine of 150-200 euros
($180-250) instead of prosecution and the threat of a one-year jail
The change was an election campaign pledge from Macron last year,
justified on the grounds that it would reduce the time spent by the
police and judiciary on criminal cases involving recreational smokers.
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The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on
tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate
expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and
regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow
interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over
drug policy continue.
The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the
final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.
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