After the National Council Commission, the Commission for Social Security and Health of the Council of States (SGK-S) has now spoken out in favor of cannabis legalization. The decision was made with 9-2 votes, as the parliamentary services announced on Tuesday. The ball is back in the SGK-N's court.
The Bernese Central Councilor Heinz Siegenthaler got the new regulation rolling with a parliamentary initiative. With this, he calls for the "regulation of the cannabis market for better youth and consumer protection". Forty members of the National Council from all political groups are among the co-signatories of the initiative.
Specifically, this calls for the cultivation, production, trade, and consumption of THC-containing cannabis to be reorganized in accordance with the recommendations of the Federal Commission on Addiction Issues (EKSF). The four-pillar model of Swiss drug policy should be taken into account.
This means, for example, that the control of production and trade must be guaranteed by state organs - in particular with regard to the protection of minors, consumer protection, and information. The medical market must be separated from the non-medical market.
The aim is to dry up the black market by lifting prohibition, as stated in the initiative text. Instead, rules on taxation, advertising, and cultivation of cannabis for personal use are to be established.