It’s official! Switzerland will draw up a draft law for the legalization of cannabis usage after a parliamentary commission ruled that weed should no longer be illegal.
The production, cultivation, trade, and consumption of cannabis will no longer be banned in Switzerland after a commission investigating the drug said the laws should be changed, Swiss news outlet Blick reported yesterday.
The Social Security and Health Commission of the Council of States (SGK-S) said cannabis should be regulated in Switzerland in order to control the “cannabis market for better youth and consumer protection”.
The aim of the SGK-S is to eliminate the black market in Switzerland. A draft law will now be drawn up in the Swiss parliament.
Importantly, it appears that not only will medical use be allowed, but recreational use will also be approved. Apart from that, all the other rules are still unclear. How individuals can cultivate and produce cannabis for personal use, as well as taxation issues, will be laid out as part of the legal effort.
The decision was made on Tuesday afternoon, with 9 of the body’s 11 representatives voting in favor.
The legalization has support from across Switzerland’s political spectrum, with 40 members of the National Council signing the initiative.
According to one such plan, the cannabis sold in Switzerland would be exclusively produced by Swiss farmers.