Parisians queue for cannabis after softening of drug laws

Cécile, an assistant stage director in her 50s, said: “I’m here because this is the first coffee-shop where I can buy cannabis legally. I think legalising it should mean good quality.”

Maxine, 35, an advertising copywriter, said she was buying cannabis for her aunt. “She has arthritis and this a natural therapy that she can try to alleviate the pain, but yes, I’ll try it myself too, of course, more out of curiosity than anything else.”

Mr Lousquy said that when he heard that restrictions on cannabis were being eased, “I recognised a good deal, so I started thinking about opening a shop.”

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