Switzerland To Trial Legal Cannabis Market

The pilot program begins May 15th of this year

On 15 May 2021, an amendment to the Narcotics Act permitting pilot trials involving the controlled dispensing of cannabis for recreational purposes will come into force. The trials will provide a scientific basis for the future regulation of cannabis.

On 25 September 2020, Parliament passed an amendment to the Federal Act on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NarcA). With its new article 8a NarcA the revised act provides a legal basis for conducting scientific pilot trials with cannabis that are limited in terms of both time and place.

The amended Act enters into force on 15 May 2021 and will remain in effect for ten years. An ordinance on pilot trials in accordance with the Narcotics Act sets forth the conditions to be met for conducting the pilot trials and the details concerning the application procedure (see documents).

What is the aim of this new regulation? 

Why implement these trials in Switzerland?

What are these pilot tests about?

What can these trials teach us?

How do these trials differ from the status quo?

Further questions on pilot trials

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