The report goes on to say that Macron had promised during his campaign to reform cannabis laws upon becoming president.
Under current law , offenders face up to a year in jail and fines of up to €3,750 (US $4,200). In 2016 alone, 180,000 French citizens were found to be in violation of drug laws. According to government spokesperson Christophe Castaner drug violation cases consume an average six hours of police time and another six hours of judicial resources. Police unions welcomed the simplified judicial process and Patrice Ribeiro of the police officers union stated that it was “a good idea that takes reality into account.” French magistrates were less enthusiastic about the reformed measures with Virginie Duval, representative of the magistrates union, stating “[the law] won’t change much and it’s not going to unclog the courts.”
According to the French Observatory for Drug Use and Addiction , in 2014, 17 million French citizens admitted to taking cannabis at some point in their lives with 700,000 admitting to use it daily. There has been a recent surge, both around the world and within the US, in the move to decriminalize, legalize, or otherwise relax regulations on the usage or consumption of marijuana.
In February the lower house of the Dutch parliament approved a bill that would permit the cultivation of cannabis.