Justice releases the two Marseille pioneers in the CBD industry

CBD flowers are sold at Kuch
For several years, the CBD was in a legal vacuum. (© Timothée L’Angevin / News Rennes)

These last years, CBD brands have invaded French cities. And this thriving business owes much to two entrepreneurs from Marseille, pioneers in the field of vaping and long worried about the courts. This Wednesday, November 17, 2021, and after seven years of prosecution, the Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence certainly relaxed Sébastien Béguerie and Antonin Cohen.

In 2014, the two accomplices were the first to market in France a CBD-based electronic cigarette, this drug is found in cannabis flowers but does not cause any psychotropic effects. Currently, the commercialization of CBD faces a legal vacuum : it is not prohibited, but also not expressly approved by French law. The cigarette imagined by Marseille entrepreneurs and christened “Kanavape” is then found in the Seeker of Justice. This is the beginning of a long procedure.

A “rush for green gold”

On 19 November 2020, it is Europe that is sending a strong signal to the jurisdictions by assessing that “CBD was neither a drug nor a drug, but an item that must be able to circulate freely in the territory of the EU “, explains lawyer Xavier Pizarro in a press release. This historic decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union announces a real “Green gold fever”.

The rest we know. CBD brands have grown like mushrooms, and cannabis-derived products have even entered some supermarkets and pharmacies in the form of massage oil, herbal tea… The epilogue to this legal adventure therefore comes this Wednesday, November 17, the day when the Court of Appeal in Aix-en-Provence definitively released the two Marseille pioneers, in accordance with the European decision. Sébastien Béguerie, long questioned, is now happy to finally be “Recognized as an innovative entrepreneur and not as a criminal”, said his lawyer Me Xavier Pizarro.

This is also stated by Sébastien Béguerie The “Kanavape” brand, the one that started it all, will be back on the market soon …

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