France's Economic Analysis Council recommends le cannabis legalization
France’s Economic Analysis Council (or le Conseil d'analyze économique, if you please) is a government analytical agency that reports directly to the Prime Minister, and this week the group released a report recommending legalization (that story is in French as well, but Google Translate can probably help with that). The group says that legalizing cannabis in France could create up to a 2.8 billion Euro tax windfall along with 80,000 jobs. Additionally, legalization could save time and money in terms of enforcement, saving France as much as 919 million Euros per year.
Those are some pretty impressive numbers! The group also called prohibition a complete “failure,” and said that state-controlled cannabis stores could “take back control” of the market while also providing all of the listed benefits. Another group in the French government, the CSST, suggests a two-year trial period for legalization that could begin as early as 2020. Parliament would need to approve the plans, and the soonest they could do that would be later on this year.
We don’t even have to guess whether these findings might be true or not — we’re already seeing it happen in states that have legalized the drug. Legalizing cannabis not only helps to correct the unjust and ineffective laws currently on the books, but can also provide a nice economic bonus for the governments who implement it. Hopefully France will follow this advice, and move forward on a plan to legalize soon.