Switzerland Is Considering A Trial Program For Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafés

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The Swiss legislature is considering a bill that would allow Cannabis research as well as a trial program for Amsterdam-style cannabis cafés in the European country. The proposed trial would allow 1,000 people to purchase cannabis legally from government-approved establishments. The process would be evaluated and used as a base for any future cannabis legislation. “There was a need for scientifically based decision-making principles for the future regulation of cannabis,” Swiss Social Democrat Roberto Zanetti told Herb in reference to the bill, which has been unanimously passed by Switzerland’s lower house and is now headed to the National Council for final confirmation. This is not the first time that Switzerland has come close to legalizing cannabis. In 2001, the lower chamber of the Swiss parliament passed a legalization bill that was ultimately rejected by the National Council, which was under pressure from the United Nations to abide by international drug conventions that uphold cannabis prohibition around the world. France and Germany also influenced the decision by blaming Switzerland for the influx of illicit cannabis in their own countries. Switzerland Is Considering A Trial Program For Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafés

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