On Thursday, August 17, the Swiss Basel-Stadt region said it would launch a pilot trial next month for the legal sale of cannabis, marking the first step in Switzerland towards possible legalization.

The northern canton said in a statement that it would launch its WEED CARE study on September 15 and that people could now sign up to be among the 370 participants.

“The scientific knowledge gained from this provides a basis for discussion for a future responsible cannabis policy,” Basel-Stadt said in a statement.

Cannabis can currently only be purchased legally in the wealthy Alpine nation for medical use or for non-medical use when it contains below one percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the component that gets adult users high. 

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