France to Drop Prison Terms for Pot Use
France will introduce a law by year’s end to end prison terms for cannabis use, a spokesman for the new President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.
Macron made his pledge to reform laws on cannabis use a key campaign plank during the hard-fought race. Under current law, offenders can face a year in prison plus a fine of up to 3,750 euros ($4,200).
“Last year, 180,000 people were found to be in violation of drug laws,” said Macron spokesman Christophe Castaner, according to the French national news agency AFP. “On average these cases take up six hours of police time and the same amount for the presiding magistrate. Is the system effective? No. What is important today is to be effective, and above all to free up time for our police so they can focus more on essential matters.”
However, in what seems a strange compromise, cannabis consumption will technically remain a criminal offense. Castaner stressed that “consuming drugs remains serious and is dangerous to health.”
Nico’s Nuggets: How to Grow a Plant In Your Backyard
I just started growing. I came across some seeds and put them in a flowering pot with soil and keep it outside in the sun, and I water it each morning. Is this good enough? Will it grow OK? I’m not trying to grow anything special, just something for myself so I can stop spending so much money on buying it. Any thoughts are appreciated, and thank you for the years a great info! — Brandon via the mailbag at NicosNuggets@hightimes.com
Greetings, Brandon… Thanks for reading HIGH TIMES and for the kind words!
It is certainly that time of year, when the weather is warming and people are thinking about easy yet effective ways to grow some head stash and save a few bucks. Growing outdoors is often a cheaper method than growing inside, as you save money on grow lamps and electricity. But there are some obstacles to overcome outdoor growing as well.
For starters, outdoor growers entering the game this late in the season (May/June) need to consider the length of available “veg” time for their plants before the shortening of daylight hours forces the plants into their flowering phase.
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