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Zurich moves forward with pilot project for adult cannabis use

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Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, is going ahead with a pilot project that will allow adults to buy cannabis and products derived from this plant in pharmacies and social clubs, under controlled conditions. The project, recently announced by the government, will start in autumn 2022 and run for three and a half years, serving as a test drive to implement the adult cannabis industry and market in the future. A third of the Swiss population admitted to smoking cannabis sporadically, while around 200 use it regularly.

“Once the legal basis is in place, the City of Zurich is launching the pilot project “Züri Can – Responsible Cannabis” together with the Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Zurich. The cannabis study aims to provide the basis for appropriate federal cannabis legislation.” State of Zurich website.

The pilot project will provide different products, with different contents of THC and CBD, and local manufacturers must apply for a production license from the Federal Secretariat of Public Health, to guarantee quality standards. Consumption of cannabis products will also be limited to protect health, public safety and minors. The entire process will be supervised by the psychiatric hospital at the University of Zurich.

This is a direct result of legislative changes in Switzerland last year that authorized the distribution of cannabis for scientific purposes, allowing cities to conduct scientific studies on the effects of the cannabis market and its recreational use.

 

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[Disclaimer: Please note that this text was originally written in Portuguese and is translated into English and other languages ​​using an automatic translator. Some words may differ from the original and typos or errors may occur in other languages.]

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With a degree in Journalism from the University of Coimbra, Laura Ramos has a postgraduate degree in Photography and has been a Journalist since 1998. She was a correspondent for Jornal de Notícias in Rome, Italy, and Press Advisor at the Office of the Minister of Education. She has an international certification in Permaculture (PDC) and created the street-art photographic archive “What says Lisbon?” @saywhatlisbon. Laura is currently Editor of CannaReporter and CannaZine, as well as founder and program director of PTMC - Portugal Medical Cannabis. She directed the documentary “Pacientes” and was part of the steering group of the first Postgraduate in GxP's for Medicinal Cannabis in Portugal, in partnership with the Military Laboratory and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon.

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