Swiss health commission calls for legalisation of cannabis

Some 200,000 people in Switzerland use illegal cannabis, the government estimates, despite its criminalisation
Swissinfo (Switzerland)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Federal Commission for Addiction Issues said that cannabis use in Switzerland had not changed significantly in the past ten years. Despite its popularity, the percentage of problematic users is low, it said. The risks of cannabis are mainly linked to high amounts of THC [active ingredient], early use among teenagers, prolonged use, mixing cannabis and tobacco, and if it is used by people with existing mental problems. The commission recommends Switzerland legalise and regulate the market while protecting the health of its population, especially young people. The government is meanwhile is proposing limited pilot projects. (See also: Top Swiss health commission call for 'legalisation' of cannabis)