France is to start medical cannabis trials this year

The first medical cannabis trials in France are due to start before the end of this year.

The National Agency for Safety of Medicine has been working with companies such as Dutch firm Bedrocan to see how it could be launched.

Nine out of 10 people want medical cannabis to be legalised, a study of l’Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies has shown.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said it would be “absurd not to think about the possibilities”.

Among the 700,000 daily cannabis users in France, 300,000 say they use it for medical reasons. 

In many European countries such as the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, oils, tablets, and dried flowers of cannabis are available on prescription.

Consuming cannabis in France – even for medical reasons – can lead to a year in prison and a fine.

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