For the first time ever, the French government is planning on giving away free cannabis to their citizens. This is because in 2021, France will begin a medical marijuana experiment that involves giving away free cannabis.
A week ago, the French government published a decree that officially announced the experiment. Patients and cannabis enthusiasts were overjoyed. Up to 3,000 medical marijuana patients in France will be participating in the trial and eligible for receiving free cannabis.
Nicolas Authier, a university professor and chair of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products’ (or L’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé [ANSM]) medical cannabis committee, said that he believes “an invitation to tender for the selection of cannabis-based products” is coming soon, probably within the month, and that suppliers “will probably be foreign … in collaboration with pharmaceutical laboratories established in France and licensed for narcotics.”
He added, “Five more months of work before the first prescriptions, but France is now officially committed to access to medical cannabis.”
The French government is saying the first round of free cannabis could be released as early as March 2021. Currently, there is a two year time limit on the experiment. It will be controlled by the Ministry of Health and Solidarity.
Cannabis companies that want to participate in the study are responsible for providing their own products free of charge. The cannabis must comply with pharmaceutical standards such as the Good Manufacturing Practice and other regulations the government has put in place.
Doctors and pharmacies who want to be involved must complete a training program and will have to volunteer for the trial.
Regardless of the potential hurdles, this is a groundbreaking step towards socialized medical cannabis around the globe.