Cannabis: 5 things to know about marijuana

1. Cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal substance in the world.

And we, the French, are the biggest drinkers in Europe with 17 million users (Source: European Drug Report 2019). But let us remember all the same that it is not legal. Anyway, as soon as it’s forbidden, we do it. So French.

2. The first Bible printed by Gutenberg was on hemp.

Au 17th century at the time, hemp (one of the plants from which cannabis is extracted) is the basis for making paper. And it will stay that way for a long time. The declaration of independence of the USA in 1776, boom also on hemp.

Why ? Well, a tree takes 48 years to grow. Hemp 4 months. Easy. Almost Ecolo before the hour itself. (It’s not the case now though, no need to rush to mass, I see you smart guys)

3. Recreational cannabis is legal in 3 countries: Uruguay, South Africa, Canada.

I did say “recreational”, I not say decriminalized. From 2018 in Uruguay, and 2013 in South Africa then Canada, you can roll a little something, tranquillou bilou in the street without risking being caught.

Well I would add that there are also 3 states in the States where you can do it but for the rest it’s dead (California, Colorado and Washington). Now if you want to do some green tourism you know where to go.

4. The first purchase on the Internet was Cannabis.

Legend has it that in the early years 1776, Stanford students used the Arpanet (the ancestor of the Internet) to communicate with other universities. Basically, they just made an appointment to do their little business. Let’s say it was a pre-order.

Otherwise the first real online transaction was in 94 and a CD of Sting for 14,20 dollars. It’s still less cool I find.

5. If cannabis became legal, France would be rich, but kind of rich.

“With taxation of the order of 4 euros per gram and a final sale price of 9 euros per gram, that would make 2 billion euros in tax revenue per year”. This is explained by Emmanuelle Auriol,co-author of the report of the Council of June Economic Analysis 2018. This is twice the culture budget in 2020.

Here, we preach neither for one nor for the other. I’m just asking you this information without any political message behind.