In France, “Cannabis Social Clubs” Start Growing in Defiance of Pot Laws

PARIS – French marijuana activists are stepping up their fight to legalize the drug, opening several “Cannabis Social Clubs” across the country.
Known as a CSC, they are cooperatives of regular marijuana users who grow the plant for their own consumption, explains French magazineLes Inrockuptibles. The goal is to be able to get the drug without supporting drug trafficking. Plants are cultivated in gardens, on balconies or even in members’ closets. These not-for-profit organizations advocate a “controlled self-production” and are hoping to able to supply cannabis for “therapeutic” purposes as well.
The weed will be free and split equally among all members in exchange for a yearly 25-euro membership fee. These clubs first appeared in Spain and are already spreading to Belgium, countries where marijuana possession, consumption and production for personal use aren’t criminal offences. In France, there are bans against presenting the drug in “a positive light,” as well as its production, possession and even consumption.
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