Ask the French whether they support the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes, half of the citizens in the Paris region are in favor.
The French newspaper Le Parisien, which asked elected representatives whether cannabis should be legalized for recreational purposes, said only 22% said no. “Public opinion in France is generally positive about the legalization of cannabis”, says Jean-Marie Le Pen, president of the National Council for the Promotion of Cannabis Rights.
The informal survey was an online questionnaire designed to ask the wider French public for their views on the issue. “This is in line with the opinion polls”, he told Le Parisien, according to a statement from the National Council for the Promotion of Cannabis Rights (CNPR).
The drug, which is widely used in France, has recently fallen under a 1970 law against illegal drug use, which punishes its use with a fine of up to 10,000 euros. However, the government has reduced the fine so that those caught can be fined 200 euros. There has also been a green light for a medical cannabis trial program, which is to pave the way for legalization.