Seizures 2013: Tonnes seized

Many tons of THC-containing material are seized every year. We show the development of seizures over the last five years: joints, hash, plants and weed, which - instead of serving consumption - were destroyed by the state.


Seized joints, 2009 to 2013

Here we summarize the following categories: Joints / cans from the areas of hemp (plants fresh), hemp (plants dried), marijuana, hashish and hash oil. The majority of the seized joints are weed joints (3,711), hashish joints were seized only 111. This means that no three percent were filled with hashish.

It remains unclear whether really all seized joints appear in these statistics, the counting method of the different cantons is different (which is generally a problem of the statistics and has not improved since the adoption of the figures by the Federal Statistical Office). One question would be whether joints that are punished in the fixed penalties procedure also appear here.

Hash seized, 2009 to 2013

Here we summarize the following categories: Hashish (weighed, without joints and cans), as well as hashish oil (weighed and in milliliters; we assume one gram per milliliter - however, the amounts in milliliters are extremely small for hashish oil). After the quantities have been decreasing during the last years, almost 150kg were seized again in 2013. Compared to weed (see next page), however, it is still much less.

Hashish used to be practically on its own, until 1995 there were hardly any seizures of weed. It wasn't until 1996 that weed really took off. Hash, on the other hand, has a few hundred kilograms seized every year, with four outliers in which over a ton was seized in a year.


Seized plants, 2009 to 2013

Here we summarize the following categories: Number of plants from the areas of hemp (plant fresh), hemp (plant dried), marijuana. The fresh plants make up the bulk: 43,609 plants were seized while still wet, dried ones 5,057 were seized. In the case of the plants in the marijuana category, it is unclear whether they are still fresh or already dried.

Originally, at least in 2009, there was another category “hemp (young plant)”. There again 25'590 plants were listed. But this category has disappeared at the BfS. Therefore we leave it out here.

Confiscated weed, 2009 to 2013

Here we summarize the following categories: Weighed hemp herb from the areas of hemp (plant fresh), hemp (plant dried), marijuana. In 2013, weed seizures went up once again: About three tons weed were seized. Of this, the seized marijuana together with the dried hemp plants make up the lion's share with 1.5 tons. The fresh hemp plants make up just under 1.3 tons.

weed clearly dominates the scene. Both with the reprimands against persons, as well as with the seizures. Hash, on the other hand, was never able to regain its dominant position until the mid-1990s.


Swiss Federal Statistical Office BfS, Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik, Jahresberichte 2009 bis 2013. Graphical representation by us. The official statistics list several categories (which have been reduced in addition), which we summarize here in hash (hashish and hashish oil) and weed (hemp plants fresh, dried, marijuana). Details on this at the individual topics in italics.

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