France wants ban on new self-styled "e-joint" cigarette made with cannabis-extract

Government And Institutions Associated Press

France's health minister has said she wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that's been launched in France.

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Marisol Touraine told French radio she was "opposed" to the self-styled "e-joint," that was launched online Tuesday. She said it will encourage cannabis use and she will approach the courts to ban the product.

Though cannabis is illegal in France, French-Czech company KanaVape say their hemp vaporizer product is legal. They say it does not contain the mind-altering THC substance found in marijuana.

The company extracts the less potent molecule Cannabidiol from hemp, a variety of cannabis grown for fiber and seeds, from Czech, French and Spanish farms.

"It will not make you 'high' but will help you relax," says a statement on the company website.