France is about to give its citizens free medicinal cannabis

Published Oct 23, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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March 2021 is the date that medicinal cannabis users in France are waiting on. This momentous day is when France will be providing free medicinal cannabis to patients. The government will be providing free weed for up to 3000 cannabis patients who will be part of an experiment.

According to Nicolas Authier, chair of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM), an invitation to tender for selecting cannabis products is on the horizon and will be coming soon. He feels that the suppliers of products will probably be foreign and collaborate with pharmaceutical labs licensed for narcotics and established in France.

Cultivation of high- THC cannabis is to date illegal in France. He further states that the region is now committed to accessing medicinal cannabis. The ANSM will be the body responsible for implementing the cannabis patient registry. The registry, with the permission of the patient, will be updated regularly by both pharmacies and cannabis doctors.

Time limits

Currently, the French government has set a time limit of two years for the experiment. The two year limit for the study is set to continue through to March 2021 or until the first cannabis prescription, whichever one comes first. The Ministry of Health and Solidarity will oversee the experiment.

How to qualify

The general director of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products will be outlining some of the program's stipulations. Some of the issues will include:

  • The specifications and form of the marijuana-based products, including the characteristics and composition

  • Some of the conditions that will need to be met for participants

  • Procedures for storing, importing, distribution, and controlling marijuana

Companies requirements

Any company that chooses to participate in the free weed cannabis experiment will provide the product free of charge. The free weed will need to comply with the Good Manufacturing Practice and the other regulatory practices that the French government has in place.


Some of the restrictions imposed on the free weed experiment could keep needy patients from getting access to this forward motion deal. Throughout Europe, the action of giving free weed is not prevalent. Medicinal cannabis will not be given out freely. Medicinal cannabis is not even given to patients as alternative medicine. Instead, it’s used as a last resort.

Training program

The pharmacies and cannabis doctors who want to be involved in the free weed experiment are required to complete a training program. The applicants will then be required to participate in a volunteer capacity for the trial. The companies that choose to be involved are required to supply their medicinal cannabis for patients.

Final thoughts

Some potential setbacks may impede the free weed experiment. Generally, weed is conservatively prescribed by cannabis doctors in France. This groundbreaking medicinal cannabis experiment could set the stage globally for socialized cannabis medicine. However, it is important to note that the experiment's necessary budget is still waiting for approval from the French parliament.

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