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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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