Info association Legalize it! 2012

The contributions from 2011 you can find here, the current here.

24.12.2012 => Magazine Legalize it! No. 59 is online

We have another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 59 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of Culture and scene for download is available. Especially recommendable is the detailed article on the subject of Medicines based on hemp.
The current issues are still available to our members members only. If you are interested, you are welcome to order a sample issue on paper for free - or just browse through the older issues browse through. Meanwhile, a lot of information is also available in the THC&Law section.


16.12.2012 => Winter break until 18 January

aktuell_121216_leaf.jpg And once again a association year is coming to an end. It is time for our winter break, in which we recover before it starts in January we start again. The agenda gives information about our program in 2013.
In the period until January 18 there will be there will be no Friday meetings and we cannot offer no legal consultations conduct legal consultations. We will occasionally use the Combox from time to time, but we are most likely to be by mail to reach. The Board will use the time to clean up, the annual accounts and also to work on the various smaller and larger tasks. pending to stay on track.
We will try to provide various information information at a later date: Two dates in January, the Legalize it! No. 59 as download, a report about the SHK meeting of 30.11. and also the end of the fairy tale with the four plants.

We wish all relaxing winter days and a successful start into the new year!


14.12.2012 - Last meeting 2012

Next Friday we will meet for the last time this year. Besides some smaller things that should still be done, we will make it easy and say goodbye to the association year 2012 in a relaxed way.
The Legalize it! No. 61 is with the people this week - it contains an article about the “joint consumption” in Switzerland, a text about the future of our association respectively the Swiss hemp scene and finally the invitation to the VV on January 25th.


07.12.2012 - Shipping Magazine Legalize it! No. 61

Next Friday we will send the Legalize it! No. 61. Helping are especially welcome!
The last meeting of this year will be on December 14 will take place.


Fall 2012

30.11.2012 - SHK meeting at Legalize it!

Swiss Hemp Coordination At November 30 we offer space for a meeting of the Swiss Hemp Coordination (SHK). This not only gives the board the opportunity to meet other active to meet and exchange ideas. On the program was researching, but we will anyway start with the finishing of the Legalize it! No. 61 anyway.
Our meeting room is not huge - so it could get a bit crowded if the rush is too big. But we are looking forward to any visit: On the 23rd for the Members' Meeting, and on the 30th together with the SHK and then especially on December 7th, when the mailing of the Legalize it! No. 61 is due…


23.11.2012 - Members meeting

On Friday there will be once again a members meeting will take place. Already last Friday came numerous members and there was a pleasant autumnal atmosphere - this may be repeated with pleasure! Maybe already on November 23rd? The last meeting of this year will be on December 14 will take place.


11/07/2012 => Cannabis votes in the U.S.

Last night in the USA not only the President and the Parliament elected, but also on numerous bills in the individual states voted. In Colorado, Oregon and Washington (State) came Cannabis bills were put before the people - various media have reported (e.g. sf.tv).

In the state of Colorado legal medical marijuana has been available since 2000. medical marijuana. Now the possession, purchase and sale of up to one ounce (28g) cannabis is legal, as long as they are adults over 21. The trade is to (continue to) be conducted through licensed stores. While consumption in private premises is legal, it remains prohibited in public. Adults can buy up to six plants to grow legally at home (nytimes.com, english).

The template in Oregon, which borders liberal California to the south, would have exempted hemp cultivation from the permit requirement and would have provided for the regulation of commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana should have been Commission should have been set up. In this way, the initiators wanted to generate millions in additional taxes and also massively reduce the costs for the (law enforcement) authorities. Unfortunately, the bill was rejected (nytimes.com, English).

Oregon is on the west coast and the neighboring state to the north is Washington - meaning the state, not to be confused with the capital in “DC.». From Washington, which borders Canada in the north, are again good news in terms of cannabis to report: As in Colorado, marijuana is now not only being used for medical use use, but generally for adults for adults over 21. The details are me details are not known, but even a THC limit in the blood is to be set, below which users can legally participate in road traffic on the road (nytimes.com, English).

But let's not forget: the two successful bills are laws at the State level. The all-American law, which was passed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Customs is still very strict. This has led to a wide variety of conflicts especially between local and national authorities - and in between, in the sandwich, are the “Stoners”…. 8-O We will report again.


02.11.2012 - Start after the fall break & finances

On Friday we start the last weeks of the club year refreshed. First of all the finances will be brought up to date - this will (unfortunately) not take too long. :-\ After that we will prepare a special mailing and finally in November the 61st issue of our magazine will be produced - the mailing will take place on December 7 will take place.
So with us it will never be never boring! Also your contribution helps us to stay actively on our topics on our topics.


26.10.2012 => Autumn break until and including 26 October

|After an active September with CannaTrade, Legalize it! No. 60 and the final spurt of the regulatory fine bill in the parliament, we now allow ourselves three weeks break.

During this time there will be no Friday meetings and we are most likely to be by mail the combox will be checked from time to time.

We will have to do some rework and clean up before we can start from November 2 we will start the last part of the year. You are cordially invited to support us - be it with a donation, a membership or your assistance.


19.10.2012 => Magazine Legalize it! No. 58 is online

We have another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 58 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of Justice, Scene and Politics to Download ready for download. The current issues are still available for our members reserved. If you are interested, you are welcome to order a paper copy for free - or just browse through the older issues meanwhile a lot of information is also available in our THC Wiki to find.


11.10.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

On October 9, the Revision of the Narcotics Law - i.e. the Ordnungsbußvorlage - was published in the Federal Gazette No. 41 published (text of the law as PDF). This marks the beginning of the referendum period, which which lasts until 17 January (100 days).
At the moment it does not look like there will be a referendum referendum - so the amended law come into force as early as next year and we will finally see what happens - or not.


11.10.2012 => Statement of two members on the fines

“We consider the administrative fine procedure as the first step in putting cannabis on an equal footing with other psychotropic substances. The fine of 100 francs is only justified if the smoker or the smoker of cannabis severely disturbs another uninvolved person. A prosecution by the police, however, is rejected. For coexistence with non-smokers are Cannabis users considerate.
50'000 convictions as a result of cannabis use and preparatory acts are enforced in Switzerland every year. 5 million francs fines are offset by 500 million taxes that we cannabis enthusiasts would like to pay for healthy and clean products. We see the 100 francs fine as unjustified harassment for our enjoyment.
The situation has not improved since the 1975 prohibition of consumption. It seems arbitrary what penalties are enforced for what quantities. Too many people have already been victims of legal and police prosecution. We see the fine system as coercion.
We want to fight for our right to party. Legalize it!»


08.10.2012 => No pilot tests with cannabis sales for the time being

In the city parliaments of Basel and Zurich in 2010, the idea of pilot trials with the controlled sale of cannabis emerged. After a long period of radio silence, it became known at the end of September that this project would not be approved by the FOPH. would not receive and therefore cannot be realized for the time being. It is now to be clarified whether a national project, which would be more broadly supported, would have a better chance of being approved. Even if it might take some time - the hope for such pilot tests is still there…. Links: swissinfo.ch / City Council ZH


05.10.2012 - Finance

Next Friday we will once again take care of our finances. We may thanks to the CannaTrade we can hope for numerous bookings. This will also be the last Friday meeting before our fall break will be - from November 2 we will be back in the office.


30.09.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

Topic fines on our current page On September 28, the last day of the fall session, both the National Council and the Council of States voted in their final votes on the fine bill green light given the green light. In the National Council it was 128 to 57 votes (2 Ent.) and in the Council of States 31 to 11 votes (3 Ent.). Official Bulletins: NR / SR.
Such a clear result surprises already a little, too often we - the want to legalize hemp and THC have been disappointed by the official Switzerland… We hope that this “old” revision (2004) is now on a good way - but we can't be sure.
On the one hand there could still be a referendum which, in addition to a delay, would require a referendum. referendum with an uncertain outcome, and on the other hand, no one can say with certainty today how these buses will work in reality. reality really come out.

There are certainly advantages, for both “sides”: No criminal proceedings and lower amounts for the fined and less effort, possibly also higher revenues for the authorities. However, various unpleasant developments are also conceivable, but we do not always want to assume the worst.
But also from a neutral point of view the following applies to the Ordnungsbussenvorlage, what has already been the case for all previous revisions and initiatives and initiatives: A law or an ordinance, these are texts - what exactly happens if someone is found with ten grams weed taken out or when smoking a joint is caught by the police, in Zurich or in the Upper Valais - we can speculate about that.
But one thing is for sure (and one of the reasons why you can read this here): It will not be legal! The weed, the joint will be taken away from you. With a lot of luck (and with smallest amounts) you will only be warned if you consume it, you will probably get a fine and the possession of 10 grams should be unpunished be exempt from prosecution (NarcA Art. 19b para. 2 (new): «10 grams of a narcotic drug of the cannabis effect type shall be deemed to be a de minimis quantity.»). But nobody can guarantee that!
But if the quantities are too large for personal consumption or if several persons have worked together, then minors minors were present, you are stupidly standing on a school area or young people have plundered your garden - depending on the situation, it can become very unpleasant. So to speak from Impunity and fine, without transgression (which is most common nowadays), straight to the misdemeanor (light/serious case). There will always be numerous questions left unanswered.
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28.09.2012 - Members meeting

On Friday we meet for the Members meeting. We will certainly once again CannaTrade review and talk about the Legalize it! No. 60 talk - both milestones for our association. But above all, we will be concerned with the outcome of the debate on the fines occupy us: Was the deal approved? Will there be a referendum? Or was it once again much ado about nothing and the only parliamentary idea around cannabis has failed? …again!?
Either way, we are looking forward to a nice evening with interesting people and enriching conversations - legalize it!


24.09.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

On September 20, the National Council the proposal of the Council of Council of States proposal. With 102 to 71 votes, the 100 francs as the amount of the fines for the fines was surprisingly clearly decided. The second outstanding difference, the amount of the the amount of the fine in the ordinary procedure, was also resolved in line with the Council of States (Official Bulletin, NZZ, Tagi, SF).
But it is not over yet: The final vote will take place on the last day of the session September 28 will take place. A lot can still happen! |

Already on September 20, the National Council and although it again took a little longer, the clarity of the vote was surprising (see above). What had happened? Some reasons: This time, the members of the BDP voted unanimously for the 100-francs-variant, various members of CVP and FDP gave in and ten SVP members did not participate in the vote.
On the second difference, the fine in the ordinary criminal procedure, it was as close as it could be (86 to 85): As President, Hansjörg Walter (SVP) had to cast the deciding vote; and since he was in favor of the proposal of the Council of States, the bill will thus be passed on the last day of the session, September 28, according to the gusto of the Council of States for the final vote (100 francs fine and also in the ordinary procedure kann a fine can be raised).

Who knows - maybe those National Councillors who want to bring the fines just wanted to avoid a time-, money- and nerve-consuming stalemate in order to shoot down the deal in the final vote…? In June 2004 such a bill was already brought to the floor, it was the “mother bill” to the fines (Article in li#30). That business was stalled by the National Council…
We still hope for a victory of reason and will continue to stay on the topic for you.


17.09.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

Last Thursday, the National Council once again the the administrative fine procedure dealt with. It was no surprise when the Council voted on a fine of 200 francs insisted (Official Bulletin, SF, Tagi, NZZ).
Now the business goes back to the Council of States, which already has it on the agenda on Tuesday, September 18 - we will report on it.


17.09.2012 => CannaTrade 2012 - already over!

Pictures of the CannaTrade 2012 The CannaTrade is unfortunately already over again! It was three intense and interesting days in Dietikon. And see: The Swiss hemp scene still exists! Whether as visitors or exhibitors, except for Bernard Rappaz almost all the usual suspects were sighted at the CannaTrade! 8-) Since the last fair almost two and a half years had passed - you could see it on the faces that this had been a (too) long break…

Since the hall was somewhat smaller this time, there was another exhibition level in the basement. To see was everything around hemp & THC still legal grow accessories, paraphernalia, food, cosmetics, books, clothes, media, political stuff and more. Hemp plants and “Sämli” were completely absent this time - they would have been illegal, since the revised NarcA came into force last year.

Behind the hall there were various food stalls and tables and benches were set up for people to linger to linger. The mixture could not have been more dreamlike: The sun the sun was shining, trees provided pleasant shade, music could be heard and aromatic clouds of smoke passed over the heads of the colorful audience. Liquid was refueled and culinary delights were enjoyed - so the hours passed all too quickly.

It was probably one of the last summery weekends in 2012 and I am glad and grateful to have been there. A heartfelt thank you goes to the organizers of the fair for their important work. Many thanks also to the Helpers around the Legalize it! - without you it would not have been feasible! If the weekend was also worthwhile for the organizers - and the visitor numbers let us hope so - we can perhaps soon look forward to another CannaTrade in 2013 look forward.


14.09.2012 - Shipping Magazine Legalize it! No. 60

On Friday we will send out the 60th issue of our magazine Legalize it! We are looking forward to the visit of Helpers and especially to new members, which we met last weekend at the CannaTrade into the association have been allowed to accept.
Welcome to the Legalize it! and thank you for your support!

It is illegal... Since over 15 years we have been publishing information about THC in the areas of Politics, Justice, Culture and Scene. Our goal of complete legalization is unfortunately still far from being achieved. So we will continue to work in the future to ensure that the handling of hemp in general and with THC products in particular, is handled more sensibly than with bans and repression. prohibition and repression. The fact that these cause most of the problems in the first place, cost the general public high costs and only benefit a few, the consumers are not aware of this. consumers for a long time. Why this is not more people with halfway common common sense people with half a common sense, remains a mystery that will be solved legalization push to solve.

Those actors, who still believe that the criminalization of consumers would result in anything meaningful, resemble more and more cult members who are reality reality until they live in their own.
In reality, the reality is just very different - let's legalize it!


07.09.2012 => CannaTrade 2012 from 7 - 9 September

The international Hemp Trade Fair «CannaTrade” will pitch its tents this year from 7 to 9 September in the Dietikon City Hall in Dietikon. It will be the eleventh edition of this unique hemp fair will be: The first years in Bern, it took place 2009 and 2010 it was held in Basel and then unfortunately dropped out in 2011. This year, for the first time, the fair will not take place in spring, but in late summer or early fall.

We from the Legalize it! are at booth no. 60 in the basement and would be happy about your visit with pleasure!


Summer 2012

31.08.2012 - Members meeting: Preparation for CannaTrade

So that we can our appearance at the CannaTrade as well as possible, we have made a number of preparations for the preparations Friday, August 31st in the Agenda in the agenda. If you would like to support us you can mail or spontaneously come by. We are already looking forward to three beautiful and and hanfige days in September!


24.08.2012 => Info: Program National Council & interesting interview

The program of the National Council for the upcoming fall session has been published (PDF). Now it is also clear when the regulatory fine model (04.439): The Council will meet on the morning of 13 September the Council will try to resolve its differences with the Council of States. We are once again curious about the outcome and will report on it.

Not only we from the Legalize it! have been dealing with the topic THC and its legalization: In the Observer 16/12 there is an interesting interview with the doctor François van der Linde can be read. He advised the Federal Council on drug issues for 30 years and takes a remarkable position: ”The use of drugs should be exempt from punishment.».


06.07.2012 => Summer break until and including 17 August

Now begins the big Legalize it!-summer break. We lead during this time Fridays board meetings or member events on Fridays and do not give information by telephone. However, we are occasionally available by Mail reachable.
A special dispatch is on its way, which will inform us about possible pledges in the form of donations or activities (assistance, articles, etc.). The Board will take the feedback and the results will then certainly also influence the further procedure from 2013.

From August 24 we are available again as usual reach.

We wish all a nice summertime!


02.07.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

The National Council Health Commission (SGK-N) has once again dealt with the regulatory fine procedure (04.439) (Media release, scroll down). There are still two differences (PDF) remain: the amount of the fine (100 or 200 francs) and the fine or its amount in the ordinary procedure.
The National Council will hopefully be able to settle the matter in the fall session (September 10-28). We will report about it.

Interesting Article on nzz.ch, especially the sentence “New completely unpunished will remain unpunished, i.e. no fine receive, who up to 10 grams of cannabis buys or carries with him.” Head of investigation at Zurich city police: "Potheads are not our main problem".


02.07.2012 => Reminder: CannaTrade 2012 from 7 - 9 September

The international Hemp Trade Fair «CannaTrade“ will pitch its tents this year from 7 to 9 September in the Dietikon City Hall in Dietikon. It will be the eleventh edition of this unique hemp fair will be: The first years in Bern, it took place 2009 and 2010 it was held in Basel and then unfortunately dropped out in 2011. This year, for the first time, the fair will not take place in spring, but in late summer or early fall.

So that we can our appearance at the trade fair as well as possible, we have made a number of preparations. preparations Friday, August 31st in the agenda in the agenda. If you would like to support us you can mail or spontaneously come by. We are already looking forward to three beautiful and and hanfige days in September!


29.06.2012 - Finance (half-yearly financial statements) & last time before summer break

Next Friday is already another halfyear end on the program - how time flies…
Moreover, this will be the last Friday meeting before the long summer break. will be.


22.06.2012 - Members meeting: Our appearance at the CannaTrade 2012

To improve our appearance at the CannaTrade we have two Fridays in the agenda agenda: The June 22 and the August 31. If you would like to support us you can mail or spontaneously come by. We are already looking forward to three beautiful and and hanfige days in September!


18.06.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

The National Council will not meet until the fall session from September 10 at the earliest. fines issue again. However, the business is not completely at rest: it has become known that the responsible National Council committee (SGK-N) on June 28 will deal with the topic - and hopefully lead to a speedy differences in the fall. can contribute.


15.06.2012 - THC Wiki

Next Friday we will once again take care of our Wiki and the numerous pending issues take care of.


12.06.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

The National Council has today unfortunately not with the administrative fine procedure today. It is to be hoped that he will do so in the short time until the end of the session on Friday, June 15.
But probably it will be the same as it always has been in the Swiss Cannabis-politics: First of all it takes longer and secondly than expected…. and if in the end something meaningful comes out, remains to be seen.


08.06.2012 - Research

The Legalize it! No. 59 is on its way and will reach the readers in the middle of the week. Thanks to the numerous helpers we made good progress last Friday, merci!
Next Friday we will be back to our pending issues and clean up a bit more.


05.06.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

THC Policy The Council of States voted on Monday on the regulatory fine procedure was debated (Minutes, swissinfo.ch, Tagesschau SF). The ladies and gentlemen have followed the proposal of their commission and have set a fine of 100 francs was decided.
The National Council will therefore vote on June 12 to resolve the differences with the Council of States. In the meantime, the main point of contention is the amount of the (100 or 200 francs). In addition, the hardliners the “small amount” of 10 grams as a “danger”. danger (100 joints!).

This is another ridiculous attempt, to torpedo fines. But what's worse is that these people are serious, and their council colleagues don't understand enough about the subject matter (or can't admit it) to support these confused ideas to refute them.
For now, the 10 grams remain untouched, but it is to be hoped that the hardliners in the National Council do not continue to spin the abstruse ideas of their “friends”. We will report again next week.


01.06.2012 - Shipping Magazine Legalize it! No. 59

Next Friday we will send out the 59th issue of our Magazine Legalize it! Helping are always especially welcome! ;-)


Spring 2012

28.05.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

On May 22, the Commission for Social Security and Health of the Council of States (SGK-S) published a media release will be issued. In it, the proposals on the administrative fine procedure (04.349) are listed.
The commission has in some points a difference to the National Council built up: The amount of the fine is to be set at 100 francs (National Council: 200 francs). In addition, the police should be given more leeway and also be able to refrain from imposing a fine. If no fine is possible - i.e. if there are ordinary criminal proceedings - the minimum penalty should not be prescribed by law.
So far, so good. On June 4 the Council of States will deal with the issue and on June 12 the National Council would then have to resolve any differences. We can look forward to seeing on which points the hardliners in the National Council will be able to achieve a majority. As long as a clear majority of the FDP and even a narrow majority of the CVP vote with the SVP for the more restrictive variants, there will be no liberal solutions. no liberal solutions be found. This is a pity, because Vischer's proposal (50 francs) has been a reality in the canton of St. Gallen for years - but unfortunately this does not seem to be getting through to the majority of the National Council…


20.05.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

At Tuesday, May 22 according to parliament.ch the Council of States Commission for Social Security and Health (SGK-S) will issue a media release. Thereby also the Ordnungsbussenverfahren (04.349) is on the list of topics. It is to be hoped that the commission will have made its recommendations to the Council of States and that the latter will vote on the matter on June 4 so that it can move forward quickly….
Because, as I said, the administrative fine procedure is the only reasonably intelligent idea in the THC policy of the last years - apart of course from the burgeoning medical hempstory, but that is reserved for the seriously ill. For all other users, the fines on the one hand already a somewhat gentler repression repression. On the other hand, there are already fear, that fines - because it is less bureaucratic and therefore faster to process - will quickly become a welcome source of revenue. source of revenue for the state…. We will continue to report.


12.05.2012 => Magazine Legalize it! No. 57 is online

We have another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 57 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles (in the areas of Justice and scene) for download available. The current issues are still available for our members reserved. If you are interested, you are welcome to order a paper copy for free - or just browse through the older issues meanwhile a lot of information is also available in our THC Wiki to find.


11.05.2012 - Research

Next Friday, we will again face the Legalize it! and the other numerous pending issues pending. Last week we discussed the finances up to date and the agenda was agenda but there was not enough time for the special mailing.
For this the Legalize it! No. 59 is in the making: It will feature an in-depth article on cannabis medicines in Switzerland and a report about the Plenty vaporizer vaporizer. Publication is planned for the beginning of June.

Interesting article, found on bernerzeitung.ch: Cannabis, a medicine with political side effects


05.05.2012 => Reminder: CannaTrade 2012 from 7 to 9 September in Dietikon

The international Hemp Trade Fair «CannaTrade” will pitch its tents this year from 7 to 9 September in the Dietikon City Hall in Dietikon. It will be the eleventh edition of this unique hemp fair will be: The first years in Bern, it took place 2009 and 2010 it was held in Basel and then unfortunately dropped out in 2011. This year, for the first time, the fair will not take place in spring, but in late summer or early fall.

To improve our appearance at the CannaTrade we have two Fridays in the agenda agenda: The June 22 and the August 31. If you would like to support us you can mail or spontaneously come by. We are already looking forward to three beautiful and and hanfige days in September!


04.05.2012 - Finances

Last Friday the club activity started again after the spring break. So next Friday we will discuss the finances and maybe do a special mailing. Our agenda will be updated soon and the dates will be continued until the end of the year.


20.04.2012 => Spring break until and including 20 April

It's spring! From 6. until and including 20. April our office is will not be occupied and we listen to the combox only sporadically - the best way to reach us is by mail to reach us.

At April 27 we will start with a members' meeting again into the usual club activities dive into.

We wish all beautiful spring days and a successful start into the new season! ;-)


30.03.2012 - Finance

For the members meeting last Friday it was probably just too nice weather… Next Friday the board will take care of the finances of the first quarter. This will be the last Friday evening before our three-week spring break be!


23.03.2012 - Members meeting

On Friday there will be again a Members meeting will take place, see Agenda. The debate of the National Council will perhaps be the subject of further discussion. In addition to the spring-like weather and the start of the season, the other topics not run out so quickly - however, at a members' meeting a little bit more chill out at a members' meeting…

Last week we stayed during the Wiki session on various topics: There is little news on “Hemp as medicine”, the statistics of cigarette paper imports have to be analyzed first and the Wiki should get an export function. We are curious about that!


16.03.2012 - Wiki meeting

On Friday we dedicate ourselves again to the Wiki. Since we are in April this is the last wiki evening until the middle of May - how time flies… Our pending won't disappear so fast, so we have to keep at it - maybe with your support?

Last Friday was the board was once again among itself and pondered over the national council debate in particular and the cannapolitical events of the last years in general. We came to the conclusion - also not for the first time in the 20 years of our activities - that the whole thing was already quite bizarre It takes years, almost decades, until a deal is closed, and until then, there has always been a lack of THC reality the reality of the situation. Thus we are confronted with laws laws that are of no use to anyone, especially not to the users. users: Whether you have to pay 200 for a fine or 200 to 300 francs for a report really doesn't change the fact that THC users in Switzerland have been criminalized for over 60 years and will continue to be so in the future. criminalized and discriminated against. discriminated against. Therefore: legalize it!


12.03.2012 => Update administrative fine procedure

As announced, the National Council last Wednesday with the regulatory fine procedure (04.439) (details in the official bulletin). Many consumers can, however, not understand the cannabis opponents at first they seem ridiculous, which can make you smile. But then one realizes that the hardliners are using their unrealistic repression slogans seriously - probably with the feeling that they are fighting for a good cause, protecting the youth…. and that makes you stop laughing quite quickly. :-/
But back to the debate: The parliamentarians followed the proposal of the National Council's health proposal of the National Council's health commission (SGK-N). The key points of this proposal were: from 18 years, under 10 grams, 100 francs fine . The mentioned exception is the decided fine amount of 200 francs. This minority motion from the ranks of the SVP unfortunately came through narrowly (86 to 83 votes, with 2 abstentions). The proposal Vischer (50 francs fine) had no chance (82 to 31 votes, with 41 abstentions). However, the business is not yet too far advanced and - apart from a possible referendum - still has to clear various hurdles before it can enter into force at some point.

It is generally allowed to discuss sense and nonsense of this mini partial revision may be discussed: There are still numerous unclear points or they do not make sense (yet?) and whether the implementation in (police) practice will bring the desired result is still in the stars anyway. Next, the Council of States respectively its Health Commission will deal with the issue. As also reported in various media reports (see below), it is to be hoped that the text will be tinkered with again and that one or the other of the ambiguity or nonsense can be eliminated. On the one hand, it is somewhat frustrating if this deal is the only hope for a better solution for the next few years. better solution on the other hand “it” was never really legal and so the users have organized themselves.
Even if the THC opponents still do not want to admit it: Cannabis is not the killer weed they have made it out to be for more than 60 years. Also in the future hemp plants will continue to grow to full bloom in Switzerland and there will be numerous people who will gladly and without a guilty conscience use THC products I don't have to mention here that there are good reasons for such actions, especially since it would go beyond the scope of this article….

Some Media reports: Fines instead of criminal charges for stoners? (10vor10, 6.3.), New cannabis regulation (Tagesschau), Fines for cannabis use (10vor10), Stoners can expect fines instead of charges (swissinfo.ch), Sweet scent - sharp debate (nzz.ch), Commentary: Paradoxical effect (nzz.ch), Fines instead of charges for potheads (tagesanzeiger.ch), Cannabis use: Potheads can expect a fine instead of being reported to the police (blick.ch), Unsatisfactory result: fine instead of criminal charges for stoners (blick.ch)


09.03.2012 - Research

Next Friday is again for research again. We will probably also refer to the debate of the National Council about the administrative fine procedure procedure. We are curious and would be pleased if members participate in the discussion.

Last Friday, with the help of two active members the freshly printed copies of the Legalize it! No. 58 quickly. In the meantime, they should already be on their way to reach the readers by midweek.
☛ Special thanks go to Sven for his Saturday mornings!


07.03.2012 => National Council discusses about fines

Federal Palace At Wednesday, March 7 the National Council will, according to the program on the administrative fine procedure (04.439) debate. Probably in the afternoon will be the first time the proposal of the Commission and the various minority motions (PDF). will be discussed.
Whoever knows the right time can follow the proceedings live - or later in the official bulletin later.


02.03.2012 - Shipping Magazine Legalize it! No. 58

Next Friday will be the first dispatch of this year will take place: The Legalize it! No. 58 will be shipped. It contains - besides our topics 2012 and the program of the Friday evenings - the fourth and last part of the series “The ordeal of Bernard Rappaz”, an article about urine samples in prison and finally the minutes of the association meeting 2012 with the annual report and the invoice 2011. Helping are as always very welcome!

Last Friday was the first members' meeting of this year took place on a small scale. We were able to get some things done and discussed - besides the casual get-together planned for these Fridays…


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27.02.2012 => CannaTrade 2012 from 7 to 9 September in Dietikon

The international Hemp Trade Fair «CannaTrade“ will pitch its tents this year from 7 to 9 September in the Dietikon City Hall in Dietikon. It will be the eleventh edition of this unique hemp fair will be: The first years in Bern, it took place 2009 and 2010 it was held in Basel and then unfortunately dropped out in 2011. This year, for the first time, the fair will not take place in spring, but in late summer or early fall. For details it is still a little bit early - we will only start our activities activities before we can help call for help. But we are already looking forward to three beautiful and and hempy days in September!


24.02.2012 - Members meeting

Next Friday, for the first time this year, there will be a “Members meeting” on the program. At the members' meetings there is no given topic - but this does not mean that we will be bored, because in addition to the social gathering, we can always do this and that: The Magazine Legalize it! No. 58 is in the final stage and besides planning the printing, maybe one or two mistakes can still be found and corrected.
If someone is interested in a future members meeting a theme evening would like to organize (lecture, workshop, etc.), the association after arrangement gladly resources resources (space, material, etc.).

About the Wiki session of last Friday, there is not much to report. Since we are in a production month of the magazine Legalize it! there is currently nothing left for the Wiki not much time left. After all, the wiki engine (DokuWiki), so to speak the vessel in which our texts, PDFs and images are located, has been updated to the latest version and what has been done in the IT is not at all self-evident: Everything seems to work! 8-)


17.02.2012 - Wiki meeting

THC Wiki For the first time this year we turn to the Wiki - certainly not the last time!
Our Wiki has meanwhile grown into such a complex entity that, in addition to the numerous pending issues there are always new things to improve or add. Furthermore the OpenSourcecommunity offers various additions to DokuWiki, which we use (plugins & templates).
To get the best out of our project, we have to stay on top of it: The needs and wishes must be recorded, the most suitable tools and their technical embedding must be clarified.

Although the THC-Wiki has long since grown out of its infancy, but we will still have to feed and maintain it regularly in the future. Especially in today's multimedia age, it is an important project that we would like to keep going - perhaps with your donation or help? We would be happy!

The first official researchevening took place last Friday on a small scale. The board was among itself and could not research big new stories, but could clarify some questions: On the one hand, the National Council on March 7 to debate the fines - hopefully it will finally take a step forward! On the other hand, we have a fairy tale story (Western Switzerland to grow four plants legally from 2012) - a sad example of politicians solving problems where they are not; of journalists (most of them) not understanding what politicians are doing (who would be surprised's) and finally for the spreading of half-truths over the internet (news sites, forums and blogs). We will report on this.


10.02.2012 - Research

For the first time stands “Research” is officially on the program. These Fridays are intended to be used for Article in the Legalize it! and/or Wikipages, for example by adding items to our list of topics will be followed up or worked through.
On these Fridays we will also find the time to update ourselves on the THC reality reality: News from politics, Medicine, Justice etc. are collected, read and must be judged - discussions are desired.
The Legalize it! No. 58 is already available in the shell, so we will use the remaining time for corrections, among other things, to be able to realize the planned printing at the end of February.


04.02.2012 => Magazine Legalize it! No. 56 is online

We have another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 56 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles (in the areas of Justice and scene) for download available. The current issues are still available for our members reserved. If you are interested, you are welcome to order a paper copy for free - or just browse through the older issues meanwhile a lot of information is also available in our THC Wiki to find.


03.02.2012 - Finance

Next Friday we dedicate ourselves again to the finances and book the first weeks of the new year. Surely also the VV, the pending issues and other topics will be discussed.

The Association Meeting 2012 took place last Friday in a small circle and without any special incidents: The The annual report and the 2011 were approved and the Board was Décharge was granted. Afterwards Sven and Fabian for another year as board confirmed. We are looking forward to a hopefully successful association year!


27.01.2012 - Association meeting 2012

Association meeting Next Friday, January 27th will take place our association meeting 2012 will take place. At Legalize it! No. 57 of December 2011 we have published on page 3 the detailed invitation with the agenda agenda.
The Board invites the members to review the year 2011, to approve the accounts and to elect the board for another year.
Of course, interested non-members are welcome to join - but they do not have the right to vote at the AGM. If you are interested in our activities, there are several meetings in 2012. member meetings, where you can get to know our association and the people who make everything possible.


The contributions from 2011 you can find here, the current here.

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