In June 2019, with round twenty deputies, we tabled a invoice referring to “the controlled legalization of the production, sale and consumption of cannabis” [ PDF ]. The similar week, the Economic Analysis Council (CAE), a suppose tank hooked up to Matignon, advocated in a well-documented report [ PDF ] the legalization of leisure hashish and a forum in the “Obs” , signed by 70 docs, economists and nationwide and native elected representatives, argued for this legalization.
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These initiatives for the legalization of hashish denounce the counterproductive results of the prohibitionist coverage put in place with the regulation of 1970, however above all give attention to the advantages of this legalization.
The financial argument comes again in power at a time when we are searching for billions of euros to cope with the well being, financial and social disaster brought on by the Covid-19. Legalization would make it attainable to convey every year into the coffers of the State between 2 and a couple of.eight billion euros and it will create between 30,000 and 80,000 jobs, particularly in the agricultural sector.
The safety argument which demonstrates that legalization would relieve the police of greater than 120,000 arrests per yr for easy use and greater than one million hours of regulation enforcement work is broadly shared. Let us not neglect that the price of repression by the police and the judiciary is estimated between 550 and 700 million euros per yr.
The well being argument which locations the safety of younger individuals at the coronary heart of prevention insurance policies is simply as related. To legalize is to manage the distribution of the product, its composition whereas permitting the improvement of actual public well being, prevention and help insurance policies for customers.
The social or societal argument, lastly, which consists in ceasing to make the consumption of hashish a authorized drawback and a medical drawback with out seeing the trivialization of the product, the variety of its customers, its anchoring in society and its a number of makes use of. It can be a query of listening to developments in public insurance policies on the topic, drawing inspiration from experiences performed round the world.
Develop a practical method tailored to our nation
France must be impressed by international fashions, by constructing a public coverage in the mild of their strengths and weaknesses. Canada, the states of Washington, California and Colorado in the United States, Uruguay, or Portugal, characterize various experiences and an incredible alternative to develop a practical method tailored to our nation. We can not ignore the profound adjustments underway each internationally and inside the European Union: just lately Luxembourg and Israel have declared that they wish to transfer ahead with the strategy of legalizing hashish.
It is greater than ever obligatory that we be capable to transfer ahead on goal foundations, specifically through the fact-finding mission to the National Assembly, all the extra so since the Covid-19 disaster raised the query of dependence and the function of the hashish throughout confinement and well being crises.
A novel CANNAVID survey piloted by the Marseille associations Bus 31/32 and Plus Belle La Nuit, in partnership with Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research), launched at the finish of April, seemed into the penalties of confinement on the makes use of, practices and well being of normal hashish customers. The outcomes point out a major improve in consumption with very largely therapeutic motivations or self-medication linked to emphasize, insomnia, ache. For many, confinement has remained a painful ordeal that hashish has managed to alleviate.
Police say that the logistics of trafficking has been reinvented to cope with the disaster. Neither prohibition nor containment had any impact on consumption. Tomorrow, the logistics of site visitors will even be organized in keeping with the new frontiers of legalization.
We will do the black market in France whereas we can go and get provides with out constraint in Luxembourg which can develop into the first European nation to legalize the cultivation, commerce and consumption of hashish for leisure use. The absurdity of our system has been confirmed.
The legalization of hashish by 2021 would subsequently assist to safe the whole inhabitants by way of well being and customers first.
But earlier than legalizing, it is rather rapidly a matter of decriminalizing use whereas permitting actual public debate. Decriminalizing as most of our European neighbors have completed would little doubt be a robust and accountable signal vis-à-vis the tens of millions of French individuals who devour and are bored with being thought of solely as sick or delinquent.
François-Michel LAMBERT deputy and co-president of LEF (Liberté écologie fraternité); Caroline JANVIER, MP LREM; Jean-Luc BENNAHMIAS, member of the EESC (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) and former MEP; Sylvia PINEL, MP PRG; Guillaume CHICHE, MP; Aurelien Taché, MP; Delphine BAGARRY, MP; Sébastien NADOT, deputy MDP (Mouvement des progressistes); Jean Lassalle, MP; Michèle VICTORY, PS MP; Loïc PRUD’HOMME, Deputy LFI; Esther BENBASSA, Senator EELV; Olivier CADIC, Senator UDI; Frédérique DUMAS, MP; Jean-Michel CLEMENT, MP; Valérie PETIT, MP; Hubert JULIEN-LAFERRIERE, MP; Annie CHAPELLIER, MP; Moetai BROTHERSON, MP Tavini Huiraatira; Sonia KRIMI, MP LREM; Guillaume GONTARD, senator; Joël GIRAUD, LREM deputy; Gil AVEROUS, Mayor of Châteauroux, LR; Jean-Luc ROMERO, IdF Regional Council, President of ADMD (Right to Die with Dignity Association); Olivia HICKS, 1erdeputy mayor of Paris 2eme, EELV; Stéphane GATIGNON, former Mayor of SEVRAN; Gaspard KOENIG, Philosopher and Founder of Free Generation; Dr Béatrice STAMBUL, psychiatrist, Honorary President of AFR (French Association for Risk Reduction); Martin VICTOR, RDR BUS 31/32 challenge supervisor; Robert J. GARY-BOBO, CREST ENSAE member (Center for Research in Economics and Statistics); Benoît VAN DERMAEUSEN, 1st Vice-President JAP coordinator; Bénédicte DESFORGES, Police Collective in opposition to Prohibition; Khalid TINASTI, Secretary General of the World Commission on Drug Policy; Henri BERGERON, analysis director at CNRS; Dr Aurélie TINLAND, psychiatrist; Dr Michèle BOURELLY, physician of Pharmacy; Sandra LA BERTHE, RESAD84 coordinator; Dr William LOWENSTEIN, President SOS habit; Jean-Pierre CECCALDI, Founder Magazine le Cannabiste; Catherine AUMOND Professor; Michel KAZATCHKINE, member of the world fee for drug coverage; Renaud COLSON, teacher-researcher; Farid GHEHIOUECHE Spokesperson for Cannabis with out borders; Florian CLARTE; Tom DECORTE Institute For Social Drug Research; Stéphane MONTIGNY, President of AIDES Paca; Anne COPEL, GRECC (Research and medical research group on cannabidoids); Dr Christian SUEUR, GRECC; Nicolas BONNET, GRECC; Dr Olivier BAGNIS, Referent Doctor of the CSAPA (care, help and prevention middle in habit) of Baumettes; Dr Eric MALBOS, psychiatrist; Dr Guillaume BAYET; Dr Muriel GREGOIRE, Addictologist; Dr Rodolphe INGOLD, GRECC; Fabrice RIZZOLI, President of CRIM’HALT; Dr Laurent GOURARIER, Psychiatrist; Pierre CHAPPARD, Member of psychoactive brokers; Fabienne LOPEZ, Active Principle; IARC – The Cannabis Information and Research Collective