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Switzerland to launch Europe's First Cannabis sales pilot Program

Switzerland is to become the first European country to launch a cannabis sales pilot program to study the effects of cannabis legalization.

The so-called "Weed Care" pilot program will be officially launched on September 15 and is scheduled to last for two and a half years, ending in March 2025. The program involves 370 participants based in Basel, Switzerland's third-most populous city.

Participants involved in the pilot program are over 18, reside in Basel-Stadt Canton, and are already adult-use cannabis consumers. Throughout the entire study, the participants will be regularly asked about their cannabis consumption behavior and physical and mental health, among other things.


Swiss Pharmacies will price Medical Marijuana according to Black Market Prices

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With the modification of the Swiss Narcotics Law, which changed the legal status of cannabis, patients can now obtain medical marijuana through a simple prescription from their doctor. (Benzinga)

Starting September 15, Basel City will begin the first Swiss project on the legal sale of cannabis in pharmacies. The project will help evaluate the effects of new regulations on the recreational use of cannabis and combat black market distribution.


Death doulas and brain scans herald next stage of LSD research

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LSD has a Cinderella complex

Amanda Feilding, a British countess and drug-reform advocate, is gaining new influence in the psychedelics industry.

Feilding gained notoriety in the 1970s for an experiment where she drilled a hole in her forehead in search of heightened consciousness. Then, in 1998, she created a nonprofit called the Beckley Foundation, which for years has urged the liberalization of drug laws. Her efforts included addressing the United Nations and publishing a 2011 letter calling for a new approach to the war on drugs, signed by more than 60 world leaders and Nobel Prize winners, including former President Jimmy Carter.


Switzerland to lift ban on medical cannabis

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Government officials in Switzerland are moving forward with plans to loosen restrictions for medical weed patients.

The Switzerland government announced on June 22 that it will lift the ban on medical cannabis, as according to an amendment to the Swiss Narcotics Act that parliament approved in March 2021. According to Agence France Presse, the government “intends to facilitate access to cannabis for medical use for patients.”


Switzerland Proceeds with Regulation of Cannabis Industry

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Switzerland has given the green light to develop a comprehensive national framework for cannabis in the country.

According to Switzerland’s government agency in charge of public health and welfare, cannabis should no longer be banned but rather comprehensively regulated. As a result, the National Council now has the task of creating said framework and for an integrated medical and recreational infrastructure. The first city to kick off this enchilada of cannabis will be the country’s largest and its capital of Zurich.

There are several issues at play here beyond regulating the industry at a national leve—a task in truth that has only been achieved by two countries to date (Uruguay and Canada). Switzerland is backing into all of this with a country-wide trial. 


Swiss Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis Without “Exceptional Authorization”

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There is a not-so-quiet revolution going on in Switzerland at the moment. The country is getting ready for what is likely to be Europe’s most disruptive recreational trial.

In the meantime, all sorts of other consequential events are underway. Namely, the government is about to remove the requirement that prescribing cannabis doctors obtain special permission before prescribing cannabis.


Why Different Countries Are Relaxing Their Cannabis Laws

As the first European country to legalize cannabis, Luxembourg has called on other European countries to relax their drug laws, specifically cannabis production and consumption. According to the European state, the continent’s drug policy has not worked over the last few decades, and forbidding everything made it more attractive for people to find new ways of skirting laws.

The country’s relaxed laws will see residents over 18 years old able to buy cannabis for recreational use starting from 2020. The state will establish a cannabis agency to regulate all production and distribution. What’s more, minors between ages 12 and 17 will not face criminal charges if caught in possession of five grams or less of the drug. However, those who break the law will receive harsh penalties.


Swiss Government Releases Details On Adult-Use Cannabis Pilot Schemes

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has announced further draft details on the plans for legalised supply of adult-use cannabis under pilot schemes. Under the current plan, the pilot schemes can be set up from May 15th 2021 and can run until May 2031 at the latest.

If your business is interested in getting involved in the market in Switzerland, get in touch with our consulting team at [email protected].


Growing cannabis at home: how COVID-19 has fueled a boom around the world

Back in the days when “skunk” was mainly associated with Pepé Le Pew and hydroponics was a way of improving cucumbers, most of the UK’s cannabis supply was imported from places such as Morocco and Lebanon. This changed in the past two or three decades in the UK and many other countries as organised criminal gangs set up growing operations closer to home.


CBD in Switzerland: is it legal?

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Today CBD cannabis is present in cosmetics, creams, chewing gums, food, beers … and thanks to the best and most reliable European companies, you can now easily buy and order CBD flowers online. 

Hemp and CBD: an old story!


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