Currently in the process of transformation, the network of tobacconists explores all possible avenues including that of cannabis. In the event of a hypothetical legalization of the product, they would even like to obtain exclusivity of the distribution.
« We are for recreational cannabis if it is regulated. And we are ready to market in our tobacconists" , 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 the 18 last June to the Minister of Health "to become the first reference network of cannabis if it is, one day, legalized in France". A statement that comes as coffee shops selling cannabidiol-based products (CBD) have opened throughout France in recent weeks.
« In June, the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviors (Mildeca) stated that it was forbidden. The Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, had some confused explanations but, when we cross the information, we understand that these products can not, today, be sold"Explains the president of the Confederation of tobacconists, who asked the tobacconists, for this reason, to no longer sell e-liquid for electronic cigarettes based on CBD.
While some believe that the tobacconists have "missed" the turn of the electronic cigarette, they clearly do not want to miss this new financial windfall. " If CBD and more broadly cannabis are allowed, we want to be present in this market. We even ask for exclusivity", Says Philippe Coy. " We are in a transformation plan because the sales of cigarettes are likely to fall. We must seize every opportunity".
source : Lexpress.fr/