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Information for private individuals - Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances

Published on February 22, 2008

Narcotics and dangerous drugs are prohibited entry into France. Are included in this prohibition:

- narcotics such as opium, morphine, codeine, thebaine, heroin, methadone and related drugs and substances;
- depressants such as barbiturates, methaqualone, meprobamate, benzodiazepines;
- stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines, anorectic drugs, and related substances;
- cannabis (marijuana, herbal cannabis, cannabis resin, hashish, or hashish oil);
- hallucinogens such as LSD, mescaline and peyote, STP, DOB, MDA, MDMA, phencyclidine (PCP) and related drugs.

There are heavy penalties if imported (prison sentences and substantial fines), both for smuggling them into the country (Customs offense) as well as for mere possession, use, and, of course, delivery and sale (General Criminal Law offense). Violators are not in a position to claim double jeopardy and are liable to customs penalties in addition to penalties provided for under general Criminal Law.

- If you are traveling to France and need to use prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs for medical purposes, refer to "Traveling with medications".

- If you are traveling to France and you are taking part, in Canada or the U.S., in a pilot program for methadone maintenance, you may carry such quantity of methadone as is required for your treatment during a maximum period of seven days, and provided you have a prescription from your personal physician stating that the methadone is being used under a doctor’s direction and as part of a pharmacologic assistance program.

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