Vive la France! Last week, French officials gave a green light to cannabis medicines, signing a decree lifting a longtime ban. French health minister Marisol Touraine sponsored the decree to allow medical marijuana, having previously suggested that France should allow distribution of Sativex, a synthetic THC spray marketed by GW Pharmaceuticals to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms. Sativex is available in several European Union (EU) countries, as well as in Canada.

The decree, signed by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on June 5th, will allow cannabis medications to reach French patients in need. It will permit the “production, transport, import, export, possession, supply, transfer, purchase or use” of marijuana as medicine.

However, while medical marijuana is now legal in France, recreational use still seems a distant dream. Just as in the US, federal French pot policy is still strictly one of prohibition. We'll reserve our cries of “Vive la liberté!” for when responsible adult use of pot is no longer a crime