Switzerland to support legal use of medical cannabis

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GENEVA, July 4 (Xinhua) — Switzerland is considering approving the sale of cannabis for medical purposes and also legalizing pilot tests to establish how a general legalization would impact consumers, often people with incurable diseases or terminal cancer, of medical cannabis, according to a press release on Wednesday from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). The Swiss Federal Council recommended the approval of the sale of cannabis for medical purposes, and also wanted to allow pilot studies to go ahead to examine the drug’s effects when used recreationally, according to the release. The home affairs ministry has now been tasked with proposing a change to the law by summer 2019. In 2017, around 3,000 patients were treated with medical cannabis in Switzerland, often people with incurable diseases or terminal cancer. But currently permission is only granted on a case by case basis, and hinders access, delaying treatment. Although cannabis for recreational purposes is illegal, the government said the number of users had remained stable and the black market was flourishing. Switzerland to support legal use of medical cannabis

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