Currently undergoing transformation, the tobacconist network is exploring all possible avenues, including that of cannabis. In the event of a hypothetical legalization of the product, they would even like to obtain the exclusivity of the distribution.
« We are for recreational cannabis if it is regulated. And we are ready to market it in our tobacco shops" , asserted Philippe Coy, president of the Confederation of tobacconists, in an interview published Saturday in Le Parisien.
The representative of the profession goes even further. He claims to have proposed last June 18 to the Minister of Health "to become the first referral network for cannabis if it is, one day, legalized in France". A statement that comes as “coffee shops” selling cannabidiol (CBD) -based products have opened all over France in recent weeks.
« In June, the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviors (Mildeca) took a stand by saying that it was prohibited. The Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, had confused explanations but, when we cross-reference the information, we understand that these products cannot, today, be sold“, Explains the president of the Confederation of tobacconists, who asked tobacconists, for this reason, to no longer sell e-liquid for electronic cigarettes based on CBD.
If some believe that tobacconists have "missed" the shift to electronic cigarettes, they clearly do not want to miss this new financial windfall. " If CBD and more broadly cannabis are authorized, we want to be present in this market. We even ask for exclusivity“, Says Philippe Coy. " We are in a transformation plan because cigarette sales are set to drop. We must therefore seize all opportunities" page (in French).
Source : Lexpress.fr/