420 with CNW — French Cannabis Legalization Consultation Gathers More Than 200,000 Responses

January 29, 2021 16:25:54

survey on marijuana legalization that was launched on Jan. 13, 2021, has already amassed 200,354 responses. The numbers from the survey will be used to validate the content of a marijuana adult-use report that the French Parliament is currently developing before introducing various legalization measures.

Augur Associates CEO Benjamin-Alexandre Jeanroy stated that President Macron’s Party was leading the survey, which would make it easy for it to be included in the 2022 presidential program.

The questionnaire was set in motion by 33 members of parliament. One of the members of the National Assembly and Macron’s political party, Caroline Janvier stated in an interview that they were confident about the survey’s success, adding that their primary objective regarding marijuana was to succeed in changing the debate’s terms. She then mentioned that many politicians did not think of it as a big issue.

Janvier explained that the survey would help confirm the party’s intuition: that the expectations of the general public on regulating and legalizing recreational marijuana went further than the expectations of politicians.

The questionnaire has various questions, with the main one asking respondents whether they are of the opinion that the system that is currently in place is effective in its fight against the illicit use of marijuana and its trafficking.

Other questions focus on legalization models and decriminalization. In addition to these, there were also questions on risk perception included in the questionnaire. Here, respondents are asked to compare the risks of tobacco and alcohol with those of marijuana. The consultation will be open until Feb. 28.

Additionally, Janvier revealed that France spent roughly 600 million euros annually on the fight against marijuana trafficking, adding that according to a confidential police report, marijuana trafficking had risen by 300% since the year 2000.

Furthermore, the number of marijuana consumers had grown, with about half of the country’s population having tried to smoke marijuana at least once in their lives. She noted that marijuana was broadly consumed across the country, which had the largest number of consumers in the European Union.

Janvier observed that marijuana legalization could add roughly 2 billion euros to the country’s coffers.

survey conducted recently by Le Parisien questioned a few dozen French mayors in the Paris region, which is the most densely populated of the 18 regions in France. The survey found that while only 22% of the population opposed marijuana legalization, half of the mayors in the region surveyed were in favor of the herb being legalized.

Closer to home, in the United States, the booming cannabis industry has created room for massive levels of innovations to be introduced. For instance, The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) has registered record-breaking growth in sales year-on-year, partly driven by its CBD-infused edible and topical products.

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