Legalize cannabis for “take back control” in the face of traffickers and better protect minors: this is what the deputies of a parliamentary mission recommend in a report published Wednesday, May 5, at the antipodes of the fight against drugs defended by the government.
Led by some members of the presidential majority, the mission denies “be lax” and find “failure” public policies, after multiple hearings of doctors, police officers, magistrates and researchers.
“The state is helplessly witnessing the trivialization of cannabis among young people and the deterioration of security” despite a “French repressive policy which is expensive and excessively mobilizes the police”, note the deputies.
The budget allocated to the police, the gendarmerie and customs for the fight against drugs has almost doubled between 2012 and 2018 to reach 1.08 billion euros annually, they note.
However, France remains the European champion of cannabis consumption, with 5 million annual users and 900,000 daily smokers. In slight decline, the consumption of minors remains twice the European average.
A “failure” patent health, despite a policy that targets cannabis users more than traffickers. Of the 160,000 drug-related offenses recorded in 2020, 81% concern use. The report debunks in passing the “myth” of a France among the most repressive in Europe.
If the use of drugs is punishable by one year in prison and a fine of 3,750 euros, the vast majority of consumers have just received a reminder of the law or a fine. As for trafficking, the average of the sentences pronounced for the possession of 10 kilos of cannabis ranks France as … the third least repressive European country.
The deputies therefore denounce “the hypocrisy of firm speeches regularly held”. Emmanuel Macron recently eradicated drug trafficking “the mother of battles” and his Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin greets on Twitter each “dismantling” of “point of deal”.
This policy, with its anti-narcotics plan and the introduction since September of a fixed fine for drug use of 200 euros, seems however to the eyes of the deputies. “doomed to fail like the previous ones”.