Parliament rejects university cannabis research programme
Parliament has rejected a move to allow the University of Bern to study the effects of cannabis consumption.
Those opposed to the move believe it will lead to legalization of the drug by the back door.
Researchers first asked the Federal Office of Public health for permission to use the drug, but the office says it couldn’t grant an exemption as it would be illegal. Although the office did say it wasn’t opposed to the research in principle.
The vote in parliament now ends any hopes of changing the law for the time being.
Cannabis with the active ingredient THC at levels below 1% can be sold and consumed in Switzerland.