Media Report: French Town Bègles Wants To Experiment With Legalised Cannabis

THE mayor of Bègles, a small municipality of 30,000 inhabitants close to Bordeaux, wants to make his town a testing ground for the supervised legalisation of cannabis.

Mayor Clément Rossignol Puech’s proposal to experiment with the production, sale and consumption of cannabis in Bègles has its origins in two recent reports. One by the ‘Mission d’Information sur les Usages du Cannabis’ (fact-finding mission on the use of cannabis), held at the National Assembly in 2021, and the other by the Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental (CESE) in 2023. Both these reports came out in favour of supervised legalisation of cannabis.

Convinced of the need to reform the existing legislative framework, the mayor of Bègles sent a letter to the President of the Republic earlier this year, presenting this experimental proposal.

When I pressed the ‘send’ button, I felt I’d done my duty,” he told Newsweed in March. It was the first time I had publicly committed myself to the legalisation of cannabis, even though it’s a subject I’ve known about for a long time”.

The mayor says he is motivated by several objectives, including the reduction of illicit trafficking and the violence associated with it, relieving congestion in the judicial system, providing better support for users, to curb consumption by young people through quality control and to contribute to regional economic development by setting up a new agricultural sector.


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