Info association Legalize it! 2018

The contributions from 2017 you can find here, the current here.

20.12.2018 => Winter break office from December 24 to and including January 16.

An eventful year for the association is coming to an end. Worth mentioning are, for example, the first association meeting out of the house, the CannaTrade for the first time in Zurich-Oerlikon, 3 editions of our magazine Legalize it! and in summer the 11th edition of our legal aid brochure Shit happens with update of the THC&Law part of our Wiki. In addition various activities around the project initiative and much more. Many thanks to all who supported us!
Now it is time for our winter break, during which we want to recharge as much energy as possible for 2019. The program is already well filled: First of all, we have to close 2018 from an accounting point of view, then we have the association meeting, the Legalize it! No. 83 and in May again the CannaTrade.

During the winter break the office is open on Friday afternoon by phone - from 17 January we will be available again MO, DI, DO and FR in the afternoon.

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

02.12.2018 - Vienna: International Cannabis Policy Conference and UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

International Cannabis Policy Conference (December 7-9, 2018 in Vienna). The NGO FAAAT organizes from December 7 to 9 in Vienna the International Cannabis Policy Conference. The timing is not accidental, because a few days before (and also in Vienna) the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the UNO (engl. Commission on Narcotic Drugs, CND) to discuss once again the future future direction of global drug policy. drug policy. Among other things, it is about the classification of cannabis (or THC and CBD), also with regard to medical use. In March 2019, this then 10-year process is to be concluded. Whether and how the goal - to solve the “global drug problem” - can be achieved remains to be seen.
Unfortunately, the UN has not shone in the past with meaningful ideas in this area, to put it mildly. In the currently still current and by Switzerland Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, which is still in force and cannabis is classified in the same category as heroin. m(

Smoking pot in the UN The UN drug policy has always been influenced by the influence of the USA and its “War on Drugs“and is partly responsible for the worldwide demonization of demonization of cannabis. In recent years, hope has arisen that something might change for the better. The recent Trump administration's recent rumblings casts a shadow on the tender plant…. Let us hope that this shadow 'only' and that we will soon be able to reap a decent harvest anyway. If the shadow becomes too big and lasts (too) long, the plant could die pretty soon….

From our archive: Weed in the UN - Magazine Legalize it! No. 21, Spring 2002, PDF

Fall 2018

26.11.2018 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 82 will be published soon & No. 81 is online

At the beginning of December our members the current number 82 of our magazine Legalize it! will be sent to them. It contains a travel report from the USA & Canada, an overview of the Swiss hemp policy in 2018, info about the Initiative and the invitation to the association meeting 2019.

Legalize it! No. 81 from fall 2018 is online We have also published another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 81 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of Politics, Culture and scene to Download ready for download. The current issue is still available to our members reserved for our members.

11/17/2018 - Advance notice: CannaTrade 2019 from 17 to 19 May

CannaTrade 2019 from 17 to 19 May Mark your calendar already: in exactly half a year the CannaTrade 2019 will take place. The legendary Swiss hemp trade fair with exhibitors from near and far will take place from May 17 to 19, 2019 again in Zurich-Oerlikon will open its doors.
We can already look forward to three unforgettable days under the sign of hemp!

10/30/2018 - Consultation process on cannabis pilot testing.

The federal government is almost always in the dark when it comes to cannabis... At the beginning of July, the consultation procedure on the experimental article was opened. Various organizations and experts were invited to comment on the proposed text of the law. It was highly disturbing that in the address list there was not even one organization of those affected. Neither we from the association Legalize it! as the largest interest group of consumers in Switzerland nor Medcan, which advocates for affected patients, were asked for their opinion. Since the consultation was public, no one stopped us from participating anyway. As a result, we contacted the Association Cannamed Compassion Genève (ACCG), the Associazione Cannabis Ricreativa Ticino (ACRT) and Medical Cannabis Association Switzerland (Medcan) together submitted a statement for consultation and submitted it on October 24.

01.10.2018 => Autumn break office in October

Fall Break The office is in vacation mode during the whole month of October: It is Thursdays and Fridays in the afternoon. otherwise we are mainly available by e-mail otherwise.

As of November 1, we will be available again as usual (Mon/Thurs/Thurs/Fri, afternoons).
On November 2 there will be a members' meeting will take place.

We wish everyone beautiful autumn days!

09/17/2018 - Legalize it! No. 81 and new documents in the wiki

- Last Friday we have the number 81 of our magazine was packed and sent to the post office. In the course of the week, readers should have it in their mailboxes - we wish you interesting reading!
- Last week Sven also published new documents into the Wiki: The first penal order of 2018 (penal orders), another example of the punishment of juveniles (Youth) and a special permit for the medical use of cannabis (Medicine).

17.09.2018 - Hemp in Parliament (National Council)

Our THC Policy Topic On September 11, the National Council passed it by a vote of 104 to 86 votes (with 4 abstentions), only to vote on the proposed Hemp law of the Greens from May 2017 to discuss. As already in 2004 the large chamber is not even willing to discuss a new approach to cannabis policy. cannabis policy to discuss. Of course, this is not a big surprise: the rejection of various of various proposals and the generally negative attitude towards the recreational use of (THC-rich) cannabis had strongly pointed in this direction. And yet, a sinking feeling remains in the stomach when one realizes once again that the majority of the large chamber - which is supposed to represent the people - is involved in the current situation with the senseless or even counterproductive prosecution of consumers wants to hold on: How if the ban on consumption, which has been in place for over 40 years in force, would ever have brought about anything positive…. But as long as the majority of the large chamber in this distorted reality we cannot expect any constructive discussions or even changes for the better from the Federal Berne - therefore the consumers themselves would have to themselves. The best (and strongest) means is still the popular initiative: Let's legalize it!

Summer 2018

17.08.2018 - Miscellaneous

- The number 81 of our magazine Legalize it! is in progress and will be published in the first half of September. The topics will be Politics, health and the initiative will be.
- Regarding young people and small amount we have a ruling of the Zurich High Court has been published. However, this is not legally binding, as it has been appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.
- We have also published the dates of the member meetings for the rest of the year (registration required).

30.06.2018 => Summer break office until 2. August

Agenda Even our secretary needs a vacation and therefore our office is office is only available by phone on Fridays (afternoon) until August 2. (afternoon).
On all other days we are most likely reachable by Mail on all other days.

From Thursday, August 2 the office will be available again as usual (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, best in the afternoon).

We wish you all a wonderful summertime!

06/03/2018 - Shipping Shit happens 11, order form & updated THC&Law section.

Shit happens, 11th ed. summer 2018 In the last days of May we have published the latest edition of our legal aid brochure Shit happens and delivered it to the post office. Some had it then already on Friday in the mailbox, but most probably on Monday.
We wish good reading and hope for a successful “Members Recruit Members” campaign that will attract new interested people and finally members members.

The eleventh updated and expanded edition of our brochure can be ordered as before via the web form in paper form ordered paper form. For members two additional copies are free of charge. We would be pleased if these could be used to recruit additional new members.

In addition, we have published the THC&Law part of our wiki. It still needs small adjustments here and there, but the content is up-to-date. Also the PDF of the new brochure is already available.

We hope for great interest, positive feedback and new members - let's legalize!

02.06.2018 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 80 is online

Legalize it! No. 80 from spring 2018 is online Already in March we had published our annual report 2017 - and with it almost the entire content of the magazine Legalize it! No. 80. Now we have published the entire issue 80 online and also put the cover and back page in the section Scene section.

Spring 2018

22.05.2018 - Hemp in Parliament (Commission of the National Council).

Our THC Policy Topic Last Friday, May 18, it was announced how the responsible commission of the National Council (SGK-NR) had decided on various proposals in the field of cannabis (Media release). First things first: The hemp law of the Greens, which one year ago submitted a year ago, was rejected by the commission by a relatively narrow margin of 14 votes to 11.. Now the ball is in the National Council, which, however, is unlikely to decide in the upcoming summer session. summer session at least the business has not yet appeared in the program. If this parliamentary initiative is then rejected by the National Council, the matter is settled and the business is off the table, which would not be a surprise in the current political climate. The explanation for the decision is rather far-fetched: It was (once again) emphasized that hemp is not a harmless drug. Yes, of course, unlike legal drugs, which are all completely harmless (sarcasm). Moreover, “so far all attempts for legalization have failed before the people”. Well, there was the hemp initiative of 2008, but that can hardly include the DroLeg initiative of 1998, since that was about all illegalized drugs, not just cannabis. It is also always interesting that a rejected popular initiative apparently means for many that the issue is off the table (forever?). Why shouldn't such issues be voted on every 10 to 15 years? Isn't that one of the advantages of our direct democracy?
Probably not much can be expected from the parliament in this area - without popular initiative the next few years there is unlikely to be a (mini-)legalization.legalization in the next few years… The commission also dealt with the motion on the so-called experimental article. This business found a majority, but with 12 to 11 votes the narrowest possible. The Narcotics Law should be supplemented in such a way that pilot projects are made possible, which allow the controlled and scientifically accompanied distribution of cannabis foreseen. However, if such a mini-amendment is so tight, this does not bode well for future hemp proposals in parliament.
Last but not least, the commission has clearly advocated the medical dispensing of cannabis as a medicine to chronically ill patients. This should be associated with lower health care costs and less bureaucracy in the future, and thus probably benefit more sick people. As a result, the same parliamentary initiative was withdrawn. It remains to be seen how this will be achieved.
Conclusion: As long as a majority in parliament is of the opinion that a prohibition of (THC-rich) cannabis makes more sense than a legalization, nothing or little will change for the vast majority of users. Therefore: Let's legalize it!

08.05.2018 - It was nice at the CannaTrade 2018!

The CannaTrade 2018 is now some time behind us. Once again it was three very interesting days! Thank you very much for your interest and the support, which we hope you will continue to give us after the show.
As always, we could not have put on such an event without volunteer work from our most active members without the volunteer work of our most active members. Thank you so much for your commitment!

11.04.2018 - Hemp fair CannaTrade 2018 from 27 to 29 April.

CannaTrade 2018 from 27 to 29 April The legendary Swiss hemp trade fair CannaTrade opens its doors again this year: from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29. will be held in the Hall 622 in Zurich Oerlikon numerous exhibitors will present everything around hemp. As always there will also be culinary delights and a chillout area to to linger. Special this time is the for a long time again taking place CannaSwissCup, where the best CBD grasses of 2017 will be crowned.
Also we from the Association Legalize it! will be there again: At our booth -. No. 412, outside in the tent - active people will bring information to the people, members recruit members, answer questions and give addresses for the initiative project and collect donations collect donations.
We would be happy if we could welcome you at this interesting event. See you then, at the CannaTrade!

29.03.2018 - Update: Project Initiative We congratulate the Initiative Group for reaching 20'000 entries in the database! The mark was already cracked a week ago. 8-) If you have not already done so: register now in the online form form now, so you can stay up to date and become part of the movement! Let's legalize it!

11.03.2018 - Annual report and financial statements 2017

Our association meeting had already taken place on January 26th in the Volkshaus. Last week we then published in the magazine Legalize it! No. 80 the annual report and now the annual report with financial statements 2017 also as PDF in the Wiki available. This provides information about our financial situation and the activities activities in the past year as well as a brief outlook on our plans for 2018.

03.03.2018 - New documents on cannabis repression.

penal orders 1994-2017 Sven has been busy: This week he has made various facsimiles online this week. All documents are from last year - so for the 2017 we now have penal orders from the cantons of Schwyz, St. Gallen and Geneva. In addition there are two discontinuation orders because of small quantities - from Basel Land and the canton of Zurich.
Do you also have such or similar documents, that you could send us? We gladly accept such documents by e-mail or mail and anonymize them (if you do not do this yourself). We will then publish them as examples of repression against cannabis in Switzerland.

Winter 17/18

26.02.2018 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 80 will be published soon & No. 79 is online

This week our members the current number 80 of our magazine Legalize it! sent to them. Thanks to Ruth and Sven for the mailing! Furthermore we thank all for their support and wish you an interesting reading!

Legalize it! No. 79 from Winter 17/18 is online We have also published another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 79 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of Politics, Justice and Scene to Download ready for download. The current issue is still available to our members reserved for our members.

01.02.2018 - Minor quantity: the fight goes on

In September, a Federal Court ruling in most cantons for the mere possession of cannabis of less than possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis fines were no longer issued. The 'illegal' material was still confiscated and confiscated and destroyed (without receipt?!).
This would like Till Eigenheer to have this clarified by the Federal Court. Since the costs in case of a defeat are not to be underestimated, he has started a crowdfunding started.
Hopefully, a ruling will one day lead to more clarity in dealing with the small amount. If all cantonal law enforcement agencies would then proceed in the same way, this would be more legal certainty for all consumers - the hope remains!

28.01.2018 - That was the association meeting 2018

Association meeting of January 26, 2018 Last Friday we held our annual association meeting (VV) took place - for the first time externally, since it was already tight in 2017 and we have grown again. With 24 participants we were not yet the big crowd, but for the first time in the Volkshaus this was probably rather advantageous.
At this point we would like to thank again all participants for their attendance and from the board especially Sven, who had organized the event and led it competently. The actual meeting went like clockwork: First the minutes 2017 was approved, then the annual report 2017 was accepted, then the annual report 2017 was taken note of and - after acceptance of the the 2017 - was granted the discharge.
Thereupon the Board of Directors was elected in the same composition for another year. After the outlook on our activities in 2018 we concluded the official part. There was then some more chatting and a larger group set off to visit the pop-up store on Langstrasse to visit.
The Protocol of the AGM with Annual Report and Accounts 2017 will be published in March in the magazine Legalize it! No. 80 and will also be in the Wiki place.

23.01.2018 - Discussion about hemp legalization on the radio.

Already on January 11, the radio program “Forum” hosted a discussion entitled ”Legalize cannabis: Yes or No?” took place. In the studio were Andrea Geissbühler (SVP/BE) and Thomas Kessler. In addition to experts, listeners also had their say.

09.01.2018 - Green help for the cannabis initiative

Green help for the cannabis initiative Already from the 4th of January was published in the 20 minutes and on Facebook mentioned that in the next few months a very special sales campaign with the help of “Marry Jane” will take place: Both in the pop-up store at the Langstrasse 231 as well as in the online store two different CBD weed can be purchased (Greenhouse and Indoor). The profit generated in this way flows entirely into the preparations for the popular initiative.

So if you are a fan of CBD hemp please consider supporting the initiative in this way with your next purchase, thank you!

04/01/2018 - New era in California & our cannabis initiative (#CH420).

In California a new era was ushered in at the turn of the year: cannabis is now legally available for recreational use for adults 21 and older (NZZ, Blick, Bernese newspaper). Until now, only medical use was legal (medical marijuana), although this was always somewhat hypocritical: many became patients only to get the coveted cannabis.

In Switzerland unfortunately still the well known repression with the associated black market. A legalization should be an improvement in many areas - but we can only do this with your help. your help create (20 minutes reported). Therefore: Sign up in the form collect signatures yourself one day, become a become a member in the association and donate, if it is possible for you. Let's legalize!

The contributions from 2017 you can find here, the current here.

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