October 5, 2022

Medical Marijuana Now Fully Legal in Switzerland

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Source: Forbes

By Emily Jiannetto

Starting August 1st, the citizens of Switzerland can finally access full-legal medical marijuana, and the government may grow and export cannabis. Before this legislation, those who wanted access to medical cannabis were required to petition the Federal Office of Public Health and the Swiss federal center for public health, which did not even guarantee approval (Sabaghi). Although, Swiss medical cannabis is more strict when compared to North American countries, such as the United States and Canada. The medical marijuana program in Switzerland will only allow highly concentrated CBD with less than 1% THC content (Sabaghi). 

Their medical marijuana program should have a positive effect on the economy; the University of Geneva estimates that the legalization will accrue $1.03 billion dollars annually (Sabaghi). Europe generally has a more conservative attitude to marijuana, with many countries not having medical marijuana programs, and certainly not having a recreational market. Germany is the country that has been making the largest steps towards legalization.

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