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Parisians queue for cannabis after softening of drug laws

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Cannabis shoppers flock to the "Cofyshop" in Paris, where a  low-strength version of the drug now permitted under French law.

 

Paris’s first two ‘coffee shops’ selling legal cannabis have attracted long queues of customers eager to try a low-strength version of the drug now permitted under French law.

The shops opened last week following a softening of restrictions to allow the sale of cannabis containing less than 0.2 per cent of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient.

The shops’ owners insist that their hemp products will not induce the ‘high’ craved by drug users and are purely for those who like the taste and aroma. Although the cannabis has very little THC, it does contain a relaxant.

Joaquim Lousquy, 29, the owner of ‘Cofyshop’ in the hip 11th arrondissement, said: “There’s no psychotropic effect. It isn’t a medicine or a relaxant. I wouldn’t advise anyone to smoke cannabis. We sell it like any other item, just like a furniture shop sells tables or chairs.”

The product, imported from Switzerland, is labelled 'Do not smoke’ but the message had clearly failed to get through to some customers.

The establishment offers legal marijuana products for sale. 

The establishment offers legal marijuana products for sale.  CREDIT: CROWDSPARK / ALAMY LIVE NEWS

 

Marc, 21, queuing outside the shop, said: “I want to find out if the stuff they’re selling gets you stoned. In theory, it has less than 0.2 per cent THC, but I’ve heard it contains more CBD [cannabidiol, a legal cannabinoid] and that should have an effect, at least to make you feel relaxed.”

 

Stéphane Bélaiche, owner of E-Klop, a similar shop in Puteaux, a west Paris suburb, said: “I don’t sell CBD products so they can be smoked in a joint, but so that people can find another flavour to enjoy.”

Advocates of CBD products say they alleviate anxiety and pain, but the issue is controversial.

The French Health Authority has ruled that “no therapeutic benefit may be claimed by the makers or vendors or any product containing CBD.”

Dan Véléa, a psychiatrist specialising in addiction, told the news website 20 Minutes that there was a risk that “CBD will act as a ‘gateway’ product for new users” who may progress to illegal, high-strength cannabis.

A sale at the first coffee shop 'Cofy' that opened its doors

A sale at the first coffee shop 'Cofy' that opened its doors CREDIT: CHRISTOPHE BERTOLIN/IP3

 

Cécile, an assistant stage director in her 50s, said: “I’m here because this is the first coffee-shop where I can buy cannabis legally. I think legalising it should mean good quality.”

Maxine, 35, an advertising copywriter, said she was buying cannabis for her aunt. “She has arthritis and this a natural therapy that she can try to alleviate the pain, but yes, I’ll try it myself too, of course, more out of curiosity than anything else.”

Mr Lousquy said that when he heard that restrictions on cannabis were being eased, “I recognised a good deal, so I started thinking about opening a shop.”

 

It is not his first recreational venture. The young entrepreneur also owns a controversial enterprise called Xdolls, where male patrons can rent life-size silicone sex dolls for nearly £80 per hour.

‘Cofyshop’ sells its low-strength ‘CBD’ version of cannabis for £10 to £12 per gram, as well as syrup, massage oil and a preparation to make tea.

Pacôme Rupin, an MP for President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party, visited the shop last week and told reporters the authorities were “closely watching” its activities.

Some local residents object to the shop’s presence. Marlène, 72, told Le Parisien: “It smells of hashish in the street and it wafts up into our flat."

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As my french mate said said the strong stuff will follow soon

some are already bringing there own

 

 

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2 minutes ago, redbeard said:

cannabis containing less than 0.2 per cent of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient.

 

 

lol 0.2% THC is agricultural hemp, what's the fucking point? :russian:   

 

You can apply for a license to grow fields of hemp in UK for 400 pounds. lol  

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0.2% THC Super Skunk lol

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“It smells of hashish in the street and it wafts up into our flat."

I'll gladly move in instead. Can't think of a more pleasant aroma to wake up to than pastries, coffee and hash lol 

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.........harvesting for the French market 

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lol

 

 

 

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CBD a gateway drug to the bigger, scarier thc? Yeah alright, I think buying a t shirt with a canna leaf on it is a bigger gateway :rofl:

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Dan Véléa, a psychiatrist specialising in addiction, told the news website 20 Minutes that there was a risk that “CBD will act as a ‘gateway’ product for new users” who may progress to illegal, high-strength cannabis.

 

 

A charlatan specialising in talking shite, more like. Anyone who comes out with the term 'gateway' in a drug discussion should be pointed at and ridiculed until they fuck off back to the 1970s, that's just not how drug use works and any 'addiction specialist' should at least understand that.

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3 hours ago, redbeard said:

rent life-size silicone sex dolls for nearly £80 per hour.

 

 

So they are cleaned and reused? :puke:

 

 

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4 hours ago, redbeard said:

It is not his first recreational venture. The young entrepreneur also owns a controversial enterprise called Xdolls, where male patrons can rent life-size silicone sex dolls for nearly £80 per hour.

 

Yet another money grabbing cunt with no love or respect for the weed..........hope he's allergic to latex, and finds out too late..........:wassnnme:

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42 minutes ago, ratdog said:

So they are cleaned and reused? :puke:

 

Only the tourists get new ones, I hear most of the French customers  like them to be smelly and well worn. :wassnnme:   

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42 minutes ago, ratdog said:

 

 

So they are cleaned and reused? :puke:

 

 

Hopefully so, imagine catching an STD off a rubber doll :wassnnme:

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Seeing as people are smoking this stuff and it has a gorgeous grass/hash aroma, the cops aren't going be able to distinguish between it and actual cannabis.

Meaning one savour actual dope amidst a cover fug of this virtual stuff. That can't be bad.

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That is an interesting point. If you are stopped with two bags of weed. One legal, one not. What do the police do when they come across this? 

Cannot prosecute till it it's tested and you can't also be prosecuting people with a legally held product.

 

Strange one

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5 hours ago, redbeard said:

male patrons can rent life-size silicone sex dolls for nearly £80 per hour.

 

Or probably find a real life-sized prostitute for the same price or less. lol  80 quid and it doesn't even suck or move, it would be like shagging a corpse and you'd feel like Bill Cosby.   :soap:  

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1 hour ago, ratdog said:

 

 

So they are cleaned and reused? :puke:

 

 

 

A quick blast with the pressure washer and a bit of dettol on a bog brush and they are are good to go lol

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