French Law Regulating Cannabis Cultivation, Use Doesn’t Necessarily Restrict THC

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The main law prohibiting the cultivation or use of cannabis in France is Article R5132-86, which prohibits the production, manufacture, transport, import, export, possession, supply, the transfer, acquisition or use of cannabis plants and resin, tetrahydrocannabinols, but with the exception of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Yes, you read that correctly: “except delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol,” or THC, which is the psychoactive molecule of cannabis. Isolated and decarboxylated THC is potentially legal. The history of the Article R5132-86 text shows that in 2004, an exemption existed for synthetic THC, and in 2007, the word “synthetic” disappeared without explanation. The reason could The Sativex, a cannabis-derived spray containing THC and CBD prescribed to treat spasticity in multiple sclerosis and largely available in Europa, arrived in 2013 for evaluation by the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM), France’s equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While ANSM officials cleared Sativex for sale in 2014, the spray remains unavailable due to low patient demand and high prices. French Law Regulating Cannabis Cultivation, Use Doesn’t Necessarily Restrict THC

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