Four Swiss cities have agreed to launch pilot projects to install cannabis clubs allowing members to smoke the herb without penalty.
The cities of Zurich, Basel, Bern and Geneva have agreed to participate in the projects, which have been discussed for some time, with city ponchos meeting in Bern last week to discuss how to regulate the sale of cannabis, which is illegal to possess in this country but police largely turn a blind eye to personal use.
The 'black market' for obtaining cannabis means the state cannot tax it or control production.
Geneva’s proposed pilot project would authorize the controlled use of cannabis for youth and adults suffering from serious problems linked to the drug. The projects are proposed to run over four years and will be 'scientifically monitored.'
An estimated 500,000 people smoke marijuana in Switzerland despite a ban and threat of fines.