French government ‘to close’ newly opened Paris cannabis coffee shops
Darkness descends on ‘le weed light’
But the French government has admitted it has been caught on the hop by the rapid proliferation of businesses offering the low dosage product.
Agnès Buzyn, the health minister, said the shops were a threat to public health because they were encouraging drug use. She said they existed because they were exploiting a legal loophole which she pledged to close, adding that the government would find a way to put them all out of business within weeks.
“We’re not fighting like mad to ensure that the French stop smoking [tobacco] for them to start smoking cannabis,” she said.
“We will have to review the legislation and review how we put this all in order,” she told French radio station RTL. “It is true that the 0.2 percent legislation is perhaps a little vague.”
The Paris Narcotics Brigade (BSP) has asked drugs investigators to begin a preliminary investigation to “verify whether the legal conditions of sale of certain forms of cannabis are being respected”, Le Parisien reported this week.
The report also quotes Joaquim Lousquy, the 29-year-old entrepreneur behind Cofyshop, who admitted the difficulty of identifying low THC strains, dubbed “le weed light”, with regular marijuana.
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