France Introduces New Bill on Cannabis
France has introduced a new law to take effect by September 2017 that will abolish incarceration for cannabis use.
The current law is a jail sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to 3,750 euros ($4,200). The government hopes to completely remove jail time and reduce the current fine to 100 euros ($112.80).
With President Macron being as conservative as he is, and making statements such as “Consuming drugs remains serious and is dangerous to health,” it seems very unlikely that cannabis use will be legalized during his term.
However, he did vow to reform laws on cannabis during his election campaign and believes that the bill will give police officers more time to focus on more serious matters.