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

The proposed Swiss pilot projects would be limited to cannabis, with only adults who demonstrate that they already use it allowed to participate
Swissinfo (Switzerland)
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Switzerland may let up to 5,000 people smoke marijuana legally in pilot studies to help shape new rules for recreational use. The cabinet proposed limited pilot projects that may lead to changes in laws banning cannabis that date back to 1951. The plan will be put out for public comment until mid-year, the Federal Health Office said. "Without undermining the general cannabis prohibition, we need to be able to test new regulation models under the current situation," the government said. "Cities point to the negative impact of current laws, illegal trade in public places that is increasingly disruptive and makes people feel unsafe, and resource-sapping efforts to curb drug sales in urban areas." (See also: Thousands of Swiss could get 'cannabis licence' | Distribution de cannabis: le Parlement peut trancher)