Legalization of cannabis: is it weed or is it not? The HuffPost file

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Legalization of cannabis: is it weed or is it not?

CANNABIS – Authorize recreational cannabis? In France, the debate hovers. At the Assembly, a fact-finding mission on the subject has been carried out since November 2020 by LREM deputies from Loiret and Moselle, Caroline Janvier and Ludovic Mendes, whose conclusions are delivered this Wednesday, May 5. To support this great debate looming in society, The HuffPost offers you a special report on the subject.

“Shit”, “a hard drug” … Gérald Darmanin’s fight against cannabis has been strengthening for nearly a year. But while the Interior – which did not respond to our proposal for a major interview on the subject – regularly raises the number of fines distributed and seizures by the police, consumption is increasing, all social categories combined and the related violence. to the dismantling of trafficking as well.

In France, there are now nearly 900,000 daily consumers and 5 million occasional smokers. Numbers that climb, according to the French Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT). And still so few studies on the substances used, support and prevention.

Public opinion seems more and more favorable to a debate on the possible legalization of cannabis. And the latter could prevail in the presidential elections of 2022. Legalize recreational cannabis, how and why? What do the politicians think? These are the questions that The HuffPost wanted to dig with this new thematic dossier.

A successful citizen consultation

Article – This MP wants you to participate in the cannabis consultation, especially if you are a woman

Article – Out of 250,000 citizens consulted, 80% support the legalization of cannabis

One of the main objectives of the parliamentary fact-finding mission was to raise the voice of citizens, long ignored when it comes to cannabis. Thus, from January 13 to February 28, 2021, a broad citizen consultation on its so-called “recreational” use received 253,194 responses. After the one on the time change, it is the citizen consultation that obtained the most feedback, welcomed in our article the rapporteur Caroline Janvier. Among the 80% of participants in favor of some form of cannabis legalization, there are consumers, but not only. Enough to support the thesis that cannabis is a matter of society before being a matter of narcotics. They are more and more elected historically hostile to achieve it.

A green shift

Video – Rachida Dati’s astonishing evolution on cannabis

Report – Cannabis legalization tested in Reims? We went to see on the spot

Against all expectations, within the Republicans for example, voices are rising to speak about the subject, pushed in recent months by Robin Reda, the youngest of the LR deputies and president of the fact-finding mission. Some even publicly ask the question of legalization. If the openness of the deputy of almost 30 years is less surprising, that of a tenor of the party, like Rachida Dati has something to question. You will be ablefind in the video of Nabil Touati above the astonishing progress in images of the former Minister of Justice: from “maintaining the interdict” to “why not”, a few years ago. And electoral issues not to be overlooked.

In Reims, Mayor Arnaud Robinet goes even further. Last September, he asked Jean Castex to experiment with the legalization of cannabis in his town. Voluntarily provocative proposal – and left a dead letter – which shows its desire to see a debate on recreational cannabis prevail in society. We went there, a report, to understand its position and take the temperature of its population. With his friends the “cannamaires” – as they call themselves -, favorable to these experiments, they are thus several elected on the right to want to jostle their political family on the subject.

Backwards

Analysis – Macron and cannabis, a story of reversals to achieve zero tolerance

Wide angle – Recreational cannabis puts Macronie in a blast

But while majority deputies lean for a debate on legalization and can count on new support, the executive, for its part, is strengthening its positions. No question for Gerald Darmanin to give up ballast on his policy of repression. And while Jean Castex repeated on Twitch last March his “no to legalization”, it is the Head of State who comes slowly to close the door. After having praised the merits of the legalization of cannabis when he was a candidate, Emmanuel Macron now makes the fight against trafficking the cornerstone of his anti-violence strategy as analyzed by Anthony Berthelier, end of April. A shift to the right which could ultimately turn out to be against the tide of societal developments on the issue. And which tenses up within En Marche, while deputies have spent time working on the file as Romain Herreros explains.

Faced with the health crisis, an “extremely urgent” debate

Tribune – Faced with this endless health crisis, the issue of young people and cannabis becomes extremely urgent

The health context plays a particular role in the advent of the subject in public debate. In a column published in mid-June in our columns, the director of the radio Mouv ‘, Bruno Laforesterie, author of “Hasch, the shame of the Republic” (JC Lattès, 2020), alert on the urgency for the policies of s ‘tackle the issue of recreational cannabis. In the midst of an existential crisis between successive confinements and a drifting future, young French people have increased their consumption. Except that smoking weed in 2021 no longer has the recreational smell of the 70s. THC levels can now exceed 20% and the chemical fertilizers used are more and more aggressive. Worried, Bruno Laforesterie warns politicians about the consequences of this unsupervised consumption on the mental health of young people and asks elected officials to get out of the taboo.

The parliamentary proceedings delivered this Wednesday, May 5, should make it possible to give visibility to the economic, health and safety issues of recreational cannabis. The latter could well have pride of place in the candidates’ campaign programs, after having been relegated for a long time to the poorly lit basement of a cellar in the Paris suburbs.

This article is part of our dossier “Legalization, is it weed or not?”, While voices are growing louder in France to call for a debate on the legalization of recreational cannabis.

Episode 1: This MP wants you to participate in the cannabis consultation, especially if you are a woman

Episode 2: Out of 250,000 citizens consulted, 80% support the legalization of cannabis

Episode 3: The Amazing Evolution of Rachida Dati on Cannabis

Episode 4: Cannabis legalization experienced in Reims? We went to see on the spot

Episode 5: Macron and cannabis, a story of reversals to achieve zero tolerance

Episode 6: Recreational Cannabis Turns Macronie into a Firecracker

Episode 7: Faced with this endless health crisis, the issue of young people and cannabis becomes extremely urgent

See also on The HuffPost: Price increase, fear of shortage, addicts, cannabis smokers also suffer from confinement


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