France is the most strict European country in terms of Cannabis legislation. It is forbidden to grow, buy, sell, trade, transport and, of course, consume. However, the French are the largest smokers of hashish and marijuana in Europe, demonstrating that the current legislation is no longer appropriate.
Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001
Over the last fifteen years, several countries of influence, including Canada and some US states, have decriminalized the consumption and sale of cannabis. Thus, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, California, have totally legalized where others: Florida, North Dakota, Arkansas, allow the simple therapeutic use. Cannabis brings a lot. Thousands of jobs have been created in Colorado and California where the economic impact via tax revenues is positive. In parallel, the legalization has reduced the thefts and violent crimes, among others in the states close to the Mexican border, very impacted by the traffic. In Europe, Portugal has gone the furthest by decriminalizing the use of all drugs since 2001. A national success which, thanks to a drastic management,
Britons are the biggest users of cannabis in France
Two hundred and fifty tons of cannabis are consumed annually in France. They bring back two billion euros to the underground economy and breed the violence whose news is hot. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the south of the country, nor even the north or suburbs of Paris that consume the most. But Brittany. The courts are overwhelmed by a lot of ruinous little cases for the taxpayer. Thousands of police officers and many stakeholders spend an incredible amount of time on these issues. Not only would legalization relieve the work of the police and the judiciary, but, in addition, the public finances could make substantial savings in procedural relief while recovering one billion euros in various taxes. Another essential point. If the state decriminalizes, it will be the end of an obscure economy linked to traffic. What interest would consumers have in catering to offenders and breaking the law to buy a dubious product?
Cannabis Social Clubs exist in Catalonia since 1993
The law that prohibits the use of cannabis was adopted under Pompidou on December 31, 1970. Fifty years of inefficient prohibition lead to reflect on the future. Simple decriminalization? Regional monopoly? Controlled competitive market? This is what regional parliaments must decide without waiting for a hypothetical national decision. Impossible ? Let us remember Noël Mamère, then mayor of Bègles (1989-2017), who was the first to marry two men against national law. Let us mention half of the regional presidents refusing the fiscal pact of Emmanuel Macron in 2018. Note also that Alsace, Loraine and the territory of Belfort have specific laws only applicable on their territory. Recall the Catalan “Cannabis Social Clubs” which, since 1993, have received the approval of several anti-drug judges and, subsequently, that of the regional parliament. The initial idea was “the private association of men and women pooling their capacities for individual production with a view to collective sharing”. But that was before the Rajoy government (2011-2018) initiated a constitutional interjection of the Catalan law and did not cancel it in September 2018. Since then, traffic has resumed in Catalonia.
The duty of a regional elected official is to circumvent national laws when they are unfair to his region
Rather than spending huge sums to prevent people from doing what they will do anyway, is not it better to support the emergence of a wealth-creating economic sector? The regions must leave the national rank when their reality imposes other evidences than those of the central state. Our elected officials have a duty to distance themselves from the Jacobin rules that no longer correspond to the time, and even less to the local imperatives. So tomorrow we may learn that “Britain legalizes cannabis” to the beard of central power. Bypassing an unfair national destiny is the only way to forge a just and victorious regional existence.