PNearly 18 million of our fellow citizens have already used recreational cannabis, according to a recent National Assembly report. Although banned, 1.5 million people consume it regularly. Whether we like it or not, this is a social problem that should be dealt with by public authorities. The legislator is obliged to give answers to existing legitimate concerns, faced with a situation that eludes us.
In this context, we need to get out of the sloppy court regularly subjected to supporters of the evolution of the legal framework. We socialist senators face reality: the situation is untenable. The French are ready to discuss the consumption of so-called recreational cannabis.
We want to add our own stone to the building, impartially and in accordance with the current legislation. Indeed, we observe that the repressions undertaken under the ban are ineffective, ineffective and unfair. This does not protect our youth from the harm caused to their health by uncontrolled consumption. It keeps certain areas very heavily dependent on human trafficking, resulting in unbearable insecurity and violence for the residents. It mobilizes significant resources to achieve near-zero results.
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Faced with this, there are two answers. The first, decriminalization, is characterized by the preservation of the prohibition with the abolition of the applied penalties. This would be a relinquishment of state power, which would deprive itself of the power to act. It would be about buying social peace with a certain cynicism. We refuse this demagogic and populist option.
Sanitary quality control of products
We stand for another way: legalization. We believe that legalization, like existing government policies on tobacco and alcohol or even gambling, does not minimize the health impacts of cannabis use, which will provide the means to act more effectively to better protect our fellow citizens and especially our youth.
Indeed, legalization will allow, first of all, to control the sanitary quality of consumed products. It would also serve as a significant traffic constraint in favor of these disaster areas. Moreover, large-scale prevention plans could be developed, financed by taxing products and redistributing repressive funds. Legalization must finally be a social shock in order to free the population suffering from the places of trade. We must arm ourselves with the means to reintegrate the small hands of human trafficking into the legal economy. After all, new tax revenue must come from the cannabis trade and from the savings made in the areas of justice and police. In this way, significant resources could be mobilized for prevention as well as for reintegration and economic development.
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