French Authorities Crack Down On Gray Market ‘Cofyshop’ Stores

Last week, we reported that the French government was planning to shut down a chain of gray market cannabis shops. Now it seems that authorities have followed through. 

The establishments in question, called Cofyshop, sell low-THC (around 0.2%) cannabis which, due to a loophole, is legally classified as hemp. Customers lined up around the block to purchase Cofyshop’s products.

As The Local reports, police raided the stores on Wednesday morning, taking three people in for questioning. The stores were closed, and it is not clear if they will reopen. 

French health minister Agnès Buzyn had previously said that these businesses encouraged drug use.

"We’re not fighting like mad to ensure that the French stop smoking [tobacco] for them to start smoking cannabis," she said.

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