Cannabis while driving increases the risk of accidents on the road. Since June 2023, the law on this subject has even been strengthened. From now on, the slightest trace of tetrahydrocannabinol (the famous THC) in the blood or in saliva is sufficient to characterize the offense of driving after use of narcotics.
The police therefore now apply zero tolerance towards people being checked. A position that displeases the Union of Well-being and Relaxation Cannabis Professionals (UPCBD). The latter are calling for a change in the legal THC thresholds while driving. They even launched a petition on the National Assembly websitefor that.
Indeed, “since the decisions of summer 2023, consumers of CBD products have been systematically prosecuted and their driving licenses have been suspended”. This very “when law enforcement tests demonstrate that the THC levels in the litigant’s saliva or blood are infinitesimal”.
Justice is harsher with cannabis users than with cocaine users
However, the authors of the petition argue that “France cannot ban so-called “light” or “CBD” cannabis products on French territory, unless it provides proof of a risk to public health. Proof which does not otherwise exist.” “To put it simply, France authorizes the sale of these products, but prohibits their consumption.”
And the authors of the petition point out that THC can be detected more easily than other drugs. This during “Several weeks”, even though the products no longer have any effect on drivers. The authors even believe that “French justice (is) more severe with cannabis users than with users of cocaine, amphetamines or opiates”.
A difference in treatment “based on no scientific data. Consequently, we ask that a limit level of tetrahydrocannabinol be set in the Highway Code like the alcohol level, and that this limit be based on serious scientific data”.
However, at present, the petition has collected 1,071 signatures. It needs to reach 100,000. And even then, such a project would not be destined to succeed in the following stages. It remains to be seen how this will evolve.
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To sum up
The Union of Well-being and Relaxation Cannabis Professionals (UPCBD) is launching a petition on the National Assembly website. They are calling for the establishment of a THC limit level in the Highway Code, even though the law was tightened on this subject last summer.
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