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Swiss High: Cannabis Clubs Set To Launch In Switzerland

Switzerland Looks To Join The Cannabis Revolution

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Oaktree on Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Swiss High: Cannabis Clubs Set To Launch In Switzerland


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Toking travelers, unite! There may be a new reason to visit Switzerland soon.


A pilot project aims to create “cannabis clubs” where guests can freely use the drug without fear of being penalized. The 4 Swiss cities which have agreed to participate in the project include Basel, Bern, Zurich, and Geneva. The project will be scientifically monitored and is intended to run for 4 years.


While the project has already been under discussion since 2014, it was just last week that city representatives met to discuss how cannabis sales can be regulated. Currently, possession and selling of the drug still remains to be illegal throughout Switzerland. The Federal Law on Drugs in Switzerland states that cultivation, use, and possession of the plant is punishable by up to 3 years in jail.



Cannabis Club To Reduce Problems



Should the “cannabis clubs” project push through, it will legally permit up to 2,000 guests to use marijuana within the establishments without getting punished. It is estimated that there are up to 500,000 people in Switzerland who continue to use marijuana despite the risk of facing fines and prison time however enforcement varies in each canton. However there continues to be heated arguments as to whether minors should be permitted as club members.



The decision of implementation still lies in the hands of the federal office of public health as well as the cantonal governments.



According to Sandro Cattacin, a professor of sociology at the University of Geneva, any marijuana that is purchased illegally from black markets cannot be taxed. Illegal purchase and use of the drug also prevents the government from operating prevention programs or controlling cannabis products - problems that the project hopes to solve.



The proposed scheme will also yield additional benefits, such as the controlled use of pesticides and the level of THC in cannabis products.  



Back in October 2013, the Swiss government made a move towards liberalization by passing a law stating that small amounts of marijuana possession will be fined 100 Swiss francs. There are currently around 300,000 cannabis-related cases pending in the Swiss courts each year; another problem that the proposed project intends to eliminate.







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