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France mulls dropping criminal prosecution of cannabis users

A report commissioned by the French government recommends dropping criminal prosecution of cannabis users and introducing fixed fines instead in order to relieve the bureaucracy involved in sanctioning an estimated 1.4 million people who use the drug, and who currently face a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

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France has the toughest laws against smoking cannabis in Europe yet more people consume the drug than in almost any other European country. A new government report recommends introducing fixed fines, reports FRANCE 24.

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