It is a real relief for Marseille society Kanavape ! Long considered a criminal in France, it was ultimately the Court of Justice of the European Union that ruled in favor of the creators of this famous CBD product (cannabidiol). Today, one of the creators says to himself " relieved to finally be recognized as a pioneer and not as a criminal «
Who hasn't heard of Kanavape ? At the end of 2014, the French brand Kanavape was preparing to launch a certified hemp-based product on the vaping market, creating controversy in the process. At the time, Marisol Touraine, Minister of Health was engulfed in the breach presenting Kanavape as « an inducement to use cannabis potentially reprehensible by law ».
Following a legal imbroglio, the two defendants were sentenced at first instance in January by the Marseille Criminal Court to 18 and 15 months suspended prison sentence and a fine of 10.000 euros, in particular for offenses relating to the drug.
However, the two representatives of the brand do not let go and in september 2018, while the public prosecutor's office of the court of appeal had requested confirmation of their guilt and their sentence to fifteen months suspended prison sentence and a criminal fine, the court created a surprise. « The question arises of the conventionality of the decree of August 22, 1990 in that it restricts the free movement of hemp products to only trade in fibers and seeds and not to products from the whole plant. » write the judges, questioning the compatibility of this decree with European law.
In the end, after a long legal battle, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in favor of the legalization of CBD and the Marseille company Kanavape. Marseille avocado Xavier Pizarro accompanied one of the two managers prosecuted since the start of the proceedings. Today he says to himself " not at all surprised Of the decision of the European Court, insofar as within the Union, each country has so far legislated on its side on the issue of CBD. " It is a market that was born ten years ago in the United States " page (in French).
Sébastien Béguerie, 36-year-old creator of Kanavape is ultimately relieved ” to finally be recognized as a pioneer and not as a criminal " page (in French).