Swiss may let 5,000 people use marijuana legally for studies


The Swiss government recently voiced its support for scientific trials which will be centered on the effects of marijuana use on public health and safety. This decision comes at a time when the nation is looking for ways to properly regulate the use of cannabis in the future. According to the objectives of the Swiss government, thousands of people could granted access to small amounts of legal marijuana each month. The cannabis products allowed for the trial will include edibles, and other CBD infused products.

However, the Swiss government has insisted that the administration of these trials will be very strictly controlled. Those participating in the trail are required to be 18 years and above. Also, the participants must know about using marijuana and should already be using the drug. Additionally, participants must be residing in the municipality where a trial will be conducted.

The Swiss government has also promised to grant free ‘cannabis ID’s’ to members who will be participating in the scientific trial. Furthermore, participants won’t be allowed to give the drug to a friend or sell it, and strict sanctions await members who disobey the rule.

According to the Swiss government, a maximum of 5000 participants will take part in a single study and this program will be conducted on a duration of five years.

Most cities and institutions in Switzerland have been showing their interest in conducting this type of trial, but the conventional-leaning Swiss parliament will be forced to approve the plans before the program becomes effective.

Over the last couple of years, the Swiss parliament has been rejecting proposals to get cannabis trials because most lawmakers are afraid that this could be the beginning of cannabis legalization in the nation.

However, due to the constant pressure on the government, they have now decided to create strict rules around the proposed trials so that legislators can easily approve it.

The executive fears that due to the high number of Swiss who consume cannabis daily, different options for regulating the use of marijuana have to be discovered and examined.

According to the executive, the current legal system has favored the flourishing black market dealers who sell poor quality marijuana to consumers. In the meantime, the legal costs linked with the ban on cannabis is still very high.

The government is now planning to assist in a ten-year research period which will include a variety of studies. At the end of the ten years, the government would analyze the outcome of those studies and start establishing the next move.

Presently, the Swiss government doesn’t penalize people who consume cannabis containing up to one percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But if you consume marijuana containing more than one percent of THC, then you will be penalized. One percent THC is higher than the usual standard in most European countries, yet it is still not sufficient to get you high.

But in 2013, the Swiss government decriminalized the possession of small quantities of cannabis. But adults caught with the possession of ten grams or less of pot can be charged with a 100-franc spot fine, though this measure varies from one region to another.

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