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Cannabis in Switzerland: War on Cannabis Consumers

By Sylent Jay

The Swiss cannabis landscape has been under scrutiny lately. Since January 2015, consumers of the plant residing in Switzerland have been targeted by the government, with the help of Customs personnel as well as of police forces.

Switzerland in backwards motion since 2005

During the ‘90s and early ‘00s, Switzerland was somewhat of a quiet haven for cannabis consumers, offering for instance many options in terms of hemp-related items; clothing, hygiene products, and even some not-made-for-consumption cannabis-based products such as pot-pourris. Large metropolises especially, were riddled with shops selling these types of articles.

In 2005, the owner of such a shop was arrested, prosecuted and condemned for the sale of the aforementioned cannabis pot-pourris. This was the beginning of a new era in the country, and since then, many other hemp shop owners have suffered the same fate. In 2007 and 2012, penalty guidelines in regards to...

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