The Swiss National Council has approved a plan to launch trials for recreational cannabis. However, in order for it to be legalized, the government says that the cannabis sold must be organic and grown in Switzerland.
The study, which was approved by the National Council, aims at learning more about the effects of controlled legalization of cannabis in Switzerland. The decision to launch the trial was scheduled for March but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Experiments must be carried out in the major cities of Switzerland. Basel, Bern, Bienne, Geneva and Zurich have all shown interest in participating in these trials. The goal of the study is to better understand how the cannabis market works and how to combat the black market. The social effects of legalization also need to be studied.
“Models must be tested before we start the debate on whether or not to liberalise cannabis,” said Pierre-Yves Maillard (Socialists and Democrats), spokesman for the relevant committee. Only people who currently use cannabis – and who can prove it – will be allowed to participate. The proof will have to be provided by a hair sample.
Swiss and Organic cannabis
Although legalization is not a given, the National Council added that if cannabis were to be legalized, it should be grown locally in Switzerland – and be organic. Health Minister Alain Berset said legalization should benefit Swiss farmers, even though “very few producers have experience in this area,” Berset said.
Switzerland was already one of the forerunners in Europe for CBD-basedproducts, so it is no surprise that they once again show a comprehensive approach to consumer behaviour and concern for protecting the population when it comes to the products quality.
This decision is a significant step forward in the evolution of laws and mentalities in Europe, and it is likely that other European countries will follow suit in the months or years to come.