Newsflash – Medicinal use of cannabis legalised in France!

posted by on June 7th 2013

This announcement should create waves throughout Europe and the rest of the world: France, one of the most repressive countries in Europe in regard to cannabis, has just legalized the medicinal use of the substance! We will however have to wait for the sanctioned publication of this decree before officially celebrating this historical event.

68917_321582664623149_789470869_nToday, Friday 7th of June 2013, Decree n° 2013-473 of June 5th 2013 was published, modifying the dispositions of article R. 5132-86 of the Public Health Code related to the prohibition of operations linked to cannabis and its derivatives. Basically, article R. 5132-86 prohibited all non-industrial use of the cannabis plant. Exemptions to this needed to be granted by the General Director of the National Security Agency for Medicines and Health Products, which vary rarely happened.

The implementation of the law is left as the responsibility of the Minister of Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine, who will be ratifying the decree in the coming weeks. It is therefore not yet possible to determine the exact consequences of this decree for French patients who could enjoy the benefits of therapeutic cannabis.
Vigilance is however required, due to the mention of necessary authorisation before bringing a (cannabis) product onto the market so as not to be in violation of the law. This clause suggests that it will be difficult for organizations and patients themselves to produce their own medicinal cannabis despite the low costs related to its cultivation and processing.
It is above all a huge step forward for French patients already using cannabis to relieve the symptoms linked to their illnesses: to witness their drug of choice finally become legal in the eyes of the government.

Sensi Seeds has supported the development of medical marijuana across the world for many years and this news can be considered a victory for all activists who support a legislative change concerning cannabis.

A more detailed article will follow when the execution of the decree is officially published, to better understand and explore the impact of its implementation.

The cannabis plant, removed from the official pharmacopeia in 1953, is making its official comeback, 60 years later.

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  1. Cannabisni
    Posted 07/06/2013 at 18:40 | Permalink

    Hopefully it’s more than just a move to allow the sale of cannabis sold by pharmaceutical companies like GW Pharama.

    • Earl O’Frogherty
      Posted 08/06/2013 at 14:07 | Permalink

      The modification of the law happened in a very complex situation in regard to cannabis but there is no shadow of a doubt this is made to allow Sativex-like treatment. The announcement by the Health Minister a few months ago to allow cannabinoids-based medicine concerned the request of authorisation filed by Almirall for Sativex. The opposition to this measure still sees it as an opening for a decriminalisation of the use altogether, which can explain the government’s decision not to create any confusion. Cannabis is now considered a medicine in France but the harsh penalties for consumers are still effective if they don’t use the authorised forms of cannabis.

  2. cannaclubosnabrück
    Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:40 | Permalink

    Hell yes i´m from germany and i hope the wave rolls all over europe

    • Roseann Iles
      Posted 10/06/2013 at 10:22 | Permalink

      I live in Germany also. I know that Cannabis is used here for the treatment of MS. My husband suffers from severe depression. I believe all of the medicines he had taken did more harm than good. Twelve years ago he had a “breakdown.” He smoked a little pot as an experiment….he came out of his depression almost instantly! It was like a miracle! I wand the opportunity to see if it works again! Has anyone had this experience???

  3. Tнe Cannabis Clυв ( 18+ )
    Posted 07/06/2013 at 22:12 | Permalink

    a huge step forward – well done france

  4. Andy
    Posted 07/06/2013 at 22:36 | Permalink

    This is amazing news.

    It can only have a positive effect on the whole of Europe now, I hope.

    Well done France.

  5. Chirag Bharucha
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 06:32 | Permalink

    I wish to see this one day…!
    Newsflash – Medicinal use of cannabis legalised in India!

    • Earl O’Frogherty
      Posted 08/06/2013 at 14:11 | Permalink


      Why not wish for “Newsflash – Traditional use of cannabis legalised in India!”, after all, the use of cannabis is century old in your country and it served the medicinal use as well as the social one.

      Hoping that day will come soon.

  6. eelco
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 08:29 | Permalink

    verry nice to hear . Cannabis must be legalised

  7. Juergen
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 11:22 | Permalink

    Nice development, now I wait for a global decision that Cannabis is not a drug but a herbal efficient medicine. The UN must change their definition of Cannabis as a drug!

    ISBN 9781902848204.

    Denial of cannabis by Prohibition ‘law’ premeditatedly inflicts suffering, blindness, and, in many instances, death. Those who maintain any use of life-saving cannabis to be “illegal” should be regarded and treated as perpetrators of the gravest of crimes, and deemed unfit to hold any public office in a democratic society.

    The Report collates Empirical Evidence and the Findings of Fact of official clinical studies which exonerate cannabis and vindicate all cultivation, trade, possession and use. The Report establishes massive ulterior money-motive and prejury behind prohibition; and indicts government.

    The Report presents irrefutable Legal Grounds for Restoration: Relegalisation, Amnesty & Restitution.

    And here is the proof for Cannabis as an medicament, already documented in the UN, well I mean this science is from the late 50’s, since then they lied on us and denied us all from this medicine:

  8. Mr Gfm
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 13:56 | Permalink

    Well done France!? Yet still our Uk Gov is sat
    doing… Hmm, what do they do?..
    David Cammeron, do the right thing,
    You little sheep BRING ON THE GANJA!


  9. cutter
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 15:31 | Permalink

    So SATIVEX will be accepted by the French.. But WEED still aint and it will never allow you to produce your own plants/medicin/drug… So wtf..

  10. Nicolas Thetiot
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 16:15 | Permalink

    Unbelievable!! Have to check that info . As said previously it may concern only synthetic thc..not so good news if so..just to make big pharmaceutical profitsand

  11. Marc
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 19:00 | Permalink

    Sorry for m’y french comment.

    La meilleure nouvelle depuis des années !
    J’espère aussi que cela va se généraliser à toute l’Europe et que tous ceux qui ont posté un commentaire avant moi pourront bientôt en profiter.

  12. Peter Reynolds
    Posted 08/06/2013 at 21:29 | Permalink

    Nicolas! Sativex IS cannabis. It’s not synthetic.

    In any system of law, any definition of Sativex which distinguishes it from cannabis is false. Therefore, this is excellent progress and will lead to reform.

  13. pipposail
    Posted 10/06/2013 at 11:07 | Permalink

    Savitex- si, Savitex no, no very problem is problem is gangja free

  14. Damien higgins
    Posted 10/06/2013 at 18:17 | Permalink

    Delighted I’m in ireland hopwfully it will happen on the uk and then hopwfully over here!!!!

  15. matt
    Posted 11/06/2013 at 13:31 | Permalink

    nice work france, lets hope for the uk next

    Posted 12/06/2013 at 21:03 | Permalink


  17. Rayu
    Posted 13/06/2013 at 22:54 | Permalink

    i live in France and i hope they will legalize for good like Holland free legalization ifs cigarette’s free why not weed? let us smoke it, its on nature so with which authority do they fuck people on it? all government it’s illegal

  18. Best Handheld Vaporizer
    Posted 15/06/2013 at 10:32 | Permalink

    I smoke marijuana because I have excruciating pain, it is the medicine that needs recognition and to be truthful I have never come upon a violent stoner!

    Im about to hit the bong man!

  19. cannaviking
    Posted 19/06/2013 at 02:49 | Permalink

    we have legalized it on the satives form here in norway too…. still just for MS patients…
    me thats using opiods dosages that can kill a horse have problems get it,have seriuosly illnesess…like cluster head aches,ADHD,PTSD,and no recently ATN-Atypical trigeminal neuralgia..
    i am nagging on my doc to prescrribe sativex to me,he want to.but are tied by a law that he requierws either a shrink or a neuroligist to give it out….


    it’s fucked up…. they made it ilegal cuz of the fibers,and some scared cotton farmers.. then to ,now they even hit hard on the industriell hemp do to they are afraid you can get high from that…..
    but the thing we can get high on-medicated- becomes legally in meds when bayer-GW took out ownership on thc and cbd…

    sorry,if im a bit confusing….up all day ,and time to hit the sack…
    just annoyed over how ppl suffers and get addicted on stuff they get very sick from if they dont havve….
    ppl arent getting si ck from the no… hook us on their drugs,be a state sponsered junkie …insted of living a normal life with just a herb….and maybe some small amounts of opiods if shit gets to bad…


  20. loriot alban
    Posted 11/07/2013 at 09:03 | Permalink

    shame on us (I am french). 2 centuries ago there was a big war between Chinese and English for the same reason, and China has lost Hong Kong for 150 years. And now my own president just declare the war to his own peoples. Why ? To still even more money from them. Shame shame shame on us

  21. loriot alban
    Posted 11/07/2013 at 09:17 | Permalink

    By the way, each time that a country has done this in the past England France and Japan, it was to collect money to finance a war (and usually they don’t do this to they own citizens). Is it to finance the Malian war that Holland has open drugs supermarket ? Will they be an other war behind ?

  22. Clement
    Posted 11/11/2013 at 21:57 | Permalink

    This will never happen in France,
    They might synthesized a molecule inspired on the THC or CBD structural architecture to
    develop a new medicine but…
    They will never let people use the marijuana for medical use as they did in some US states.

    Anyway the general use of Majijuana in France is already recognized, this is a tricky and useless law.


  23. sam
    Posted 01/02/2014 at 02:46 | Permalink

    i just wondered if anyone knows the legalities of collecting cannabis seeds in france, if some one was to order some collectable seeds from a websight out of france is it legal to have them sent to a french adress and keep them? (no growing involved)

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