Switzerland heads towards cannabis legalisation, but some hurdles remain

Switzerland inched closer towards legalising recreational and medical cannabis as a committee of the upper parliamentary chamber backed a proposal to regulate the market. But it could be years before the country creates such a regulated cannabis market.

The Council of States’ health commission voted 9-2 on 19th October in favour of an initiative by national councillor Heinz Siegenthaler to introduce a bill reforming Swiss drug policy. Forty parliamentarians across all political groups have also co-signed the initiative. The health commission of the National Council the lower house of Parliament supported the plan in April, so the proposal now goes back to the full assembly, which is likely to approve it and start work in 2022. A draft decree should be drawn up within two years.

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