The government of different countries of the world are studying the recreational use of the drug- ‘Marijuana.’ Recently, Switzerland came up with the same idea of studying the recreational use of marijuana but in a slightly different way.
On Thursday, the Swiss government said that they might let up to 5,000 people smoke marijuana legally in pilot studies to help shape new rules for recreational use of the drug.
The Swiss cabinet introduced the laws banning cannabis back in 1951. Now, the cabinet proposed limited pilot projects that may lead to changes in the laws banning cannabis. The plan will be put out for public comment until mid-year, the Federal Health Office said.
Last year in July, to explore new ways of regulating more-potent marijuana after the University of Bern was blocked by existing law from undertaking a scientific study, Switzerland allowed cannabis products of less than 1 per cent THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical that makes people high.
According to government estimates, despite its criminalisation, some 200,000 people in Switzerland use illegal cannabis.
In a statement, the Swiss government said, “Without undermining the general cannabis prohibition, we need to be able to test new regulation models under the current situation.”
The government added, “Cities point to the negative impact of current laws, illegal trade in public places that is increasingly disruptive and makes people feel unsafe, and resource-sapping efforts to curb drug sales in urban areas. As a result, some cities want to find out how controlled access to cannabis affects its consumption, buying behaviours and the health of participants.”
In Europe, Portugal and the Czech Republic have decriminalised cannabis and Luxembourg is discussing legalisation. Seeing an opportunity to save money on law enforcement and profit from taxing the drug, several US states have relaxed restrictions on marijuana.
Only the adults who demonstrate that they already use it will be allowed to participate at the Swiss pilot projects which would be limited to cannabis. In a separate process, the government also plans to make it easier for people to access medical marijuana.