Drug use: Members lower the lump sum to 200 euros

The fine established for the use of drugs has been reduced to 200 euros, against the previous 300, even in case of recidivism.

MEPs set the amount of the lump-sum fine for the use of narcotics at € 200, against the € 300 initially foreseen, as part of the commission's review of the justice reform project.

A favorable opinion of the government. This amendment by Eric Poulliat, a member of the LREM, was adopted in the night between Thursday and Friday by the committee of laws with the favorable opinion of the government. The bill aims to respond to the constant increase in the number of cannabis users, about 700,000 daily consumers, with the introduction of a lump-sum fine, which was originally 300 euros, for the crime of drug use. as well as the crime of selling alcohol to minors. However, the prosecutor will retain the opportunity to prosecute the crime in the criminal court.

200 euros, even in case of recurrence. But according to Eric Poulliat, "too much capital can run the risk of insolvency of users" and the forces of order could "be reluctant to apply a fine of excessive amounts and uncertain recovery". With its modification, the amount of the fine was lowered to 200 euros, even in the event of a repeat offense. In addition, MEPs also envisaged the possibility of a fixed fine to punish the sale by chance, through an LREM amendment.

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