France has no plans to legalise cannabis for recreational use: Minister

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    Published: 2019-06-20 16:45:23 BdST

FILE PHOTO: A medical cannabis plant is seen at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in Israel Jan 24, 2019. REUTERS

France will not legalise the recreational use of cannabis but could consider authorising its medical use, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Thursday.

“The position of the French state is clear. We are against legalising cannabis for recreational use. There is an ongoing discussion about a medical use,” Borne told LCI television.

Borne’s comments follow publication of a report on Thursday by French think-tank the Conseil d’Analyse Economique recommending legalising cannabis for recreational use in France.

Several countries, including Germany, Italy and Denmark, already allow the prescription of medical cannabis and last year Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana.

In France, GreenLeaf, a French hemp-based and cannabis healthcare company, recently said it had agreed to be bought by rival EMMAC Life Sciences Ltd, as the legal use of cannabis for medicinal purposes grows further.