In addition to the extension of experimentation with therapeutic cannabis, the amendment of which was adopted in committee, the National Assembly could legalize cannabis.
An amendment tabled by the Green MP Julien Bayou proposes to create an excise tax for cannabis and its products like that of tobacco.
“Thus the amendment aims to regain control of cannabis and cannabis products by creating an excise duty, in the same way as alcohol and tobacco, and to direct these funds towards prevention and awareness policies” summarizes its summary .
The taxes collected would be allocated “to the “sickness, maternity, invalidity and death” branch of the general scheme and [permettraient] thus creating an additional resource for the benefit of the compulsory basic social security schemes”.
If the text is insufficient to regulate the production and sale of cannabis, it would “technically” legalize cannabis. Then task the government with putting in place a regulatory framework.
The amendment is signed by the members of the EELV group in the National Assembly.
As we had already noted, the Social Affairs Committee had ruled inadmissible an amendment carried by the same group and proposing the legalization of cannabis, under article 40 of the Constitution which prohibits any creation or aggravation of a charge public resource and authorizes the reduction of a public resource only insofar as it is compensated by the increase of another resource.
Is this new amendment likely to pass? If it could be of interest beyond the ranks of EELV, the use of “49.3” could elude its precise examination of Le Parisien, which initially flushed out Julien Bayou’s amendment.