Court Reverses French Ban On Sale Of Cannabis-Derived CBD Flowers And Leaves

France’s highest administrative court has suspended a government ban

Handing down its decision Monday, the Council of State said the banned products – meant for smoking or drinking as tea – were “devoid of narcotic properties” and could therefore be marketed in France.

The legal development, which does not apply to all cannabis plants, further blurs the rules concerning the sale of products containing marijuana and its derivatives – a booming market that has taken off since 2020.

When the government brought in the ban by decree on 30 December, 2021, it argued that it was almost impossible for police to visually tell the difference between CBD and real cannabis when carrying out checks.

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