French minister backtracks on marijuana

2012-10-15 15:03

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Paris — France's education minister says comments he made favouring a debate about legalising marijuana were purely personal and not a question of national policy.

Vincent Peillon said in an interview on Sunday that daily reports about drug trafficking in France's most troubled neighbourhoods should prompt serious thought about the policy.

"It's a question that's worth asking seriously," he said on France Inter radio.

On Monday, Peillon said the comments were only "personal reflection" and that he supported the current administration's policy to maintain the ban on marijuana.

The prime minister's office affirmed on Monday that marijuana would not be legalised.

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