France starts trials of on the spot fixed fines for drug use

A man lights a rolled up cigarette. France is trialling fixed fines up to €450 for drug use from today
The new law will issue fixed penalties for drug users

On-the-spot, fixed fines for consumers of cannabis and cocaine are to come into force in some parts of France from today (June 16), ranging from €150 to €450, as an experimental method to curb drug use.

The new law was first voted through in November 2018. Under the new rules, anyone aged 18 or over found to be using cannabis or cocaine (on the first offence) will no longer risk time in police custody. Instead, they will face a fixed penalty of €200.

This will be reduced to €150 for fast payment, but can rise to as ...

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