Info Association Legalize it! 2019

The contributions of 2018 you can find here, the current here.

20.12.2019 => Winter break office from 23 December to 17 January.

An eventful association year is coming to an end: On February 1 we held our association meeting for the second time in the Volkshaus. At the end of March we launched our Wiki updated. In May the CannaTrade took place for the second time in Zurich-Oerlikon. We brought 4 issues of our magazine Legalize it! and in autumn additionally a overview of the repression (SH12.1, A3).

Many thanks to all who have supported us!

Now it is time for our winter break, in which we want to tank up as much energy as possible for 2020. The program is already well filled: First of all, we have to close the 2019 accounting, then we have the association meeting, the Legalize it! No. 87 and in May again the CannaTrade.

During the winter break the office is open only on Friday afternoon by phone - from 20 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!


12/20/2019 - Addendum: National Council approves pilot projects.

Already on December 10, the National Council in its new composition had voted on the amendment to the Narcotics Act (experimental article/pilot projects): With 100 to 85 votes (with 2 abstentions) Eintreten was decided. The matter now returns to the Commission, which in its old composition had voted (very narrowly) against (see Web update as of 18.11.2019).
Now it remains to be seen once again when and how the commission will continue to deal with the business and how the future votes will turn out - Swiss politics is certainly not for the impatient! However, it would be nice if something meaningful would come out after all these years, which unfortunately has not really been the case all too often…


09.12.2019 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 86 is published & No. 85 is online

Last week our members the current number 86 of our magazine Legalize it! received. It contains articles on the following topics: The pending business of the Swiss hemp policy, hash from the darknet and an update on the Swiss Joint Index.

Legalize it! No. 85 from fall 2019 is online We have also published another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 85 is now available both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of Politics, Justice, Culture and Scene to Download ready for download. The current issue is still available to our members reserved for our members.


05.12.2019 - Advance notice: CannaTrade 2020 from 15 to 17 May

CannaTrade 2020 from 15 to 17 May Mark already in the calendar: From May 15 to 17 will take place next year the legendary hemp trade fair CannaTrade will take place - after 12 years in Bern, where the premiere was celebrated in 2001.
For those who decide quickly or also as gift there is until the end of December promotion for the 3 day pass. Also the CannaSwissCup will take place then - for CBD-weed fans can take advantage of the Early Bird action offer.

We are already looking forward to three unforgettable days!


Fall 2019

11/18/2019 - Commission narrowly rejects cannabis pilots.

Last Friday, November 15, the Commission for Social Security and Health of the National Council (SGK-N) approved the creation of an experimental article with the casting vote of the president rejected (11 to 11 votes with 2 abstentions, Media release).
In July, the commission had discussed various additional hurdles and had submitted a report on the protection of minors commissioned. The business was then temporarily 'put on ice' put on hold (9/9/19 web update).
Even then, it was not really clear what new insights such a report could provide - the pilot projects would only be open to adults anyway (and the distribution of cannabis to young people is already punishable). The report states (in the summary at the end): “The envisaged legal measures for the protection of minors in the context of possible pilot tests with cannabis are expedient and sufficient.” It also identifies various possibilities for improvement are listed, but for their implementation “more human and financial resources for prevention work and police enforcement.” would be needed. Perhaps a shift away from repression provide additional resources in other areas?

Apparently, however, the report has not been able to convince opponents for the pilot projects (or it was just a delaying tactic anyway). (or it was just a delaying tactic anyway). It is quite conceivable that one of the main reasons for the rejection was the fear that young people could have come into possession of “study cannabis”. But at least this would be produced under controlled conditions.
Unfortunately, many politicians have still not realized that for decades young people have been completely unprotected on the black market move around. Prohibitions and repression are the most important ingredients for a flourishing black market and not for a meaningful youth protection (if such a thing really exists). Now it remains to be seen if or how the newly composed parliament will continue the business.
Many young people want to consume cannabis and will continue to do so - no one can prevent this.. Therefore: Let's legalize it!


11/14/2019 - Bachelor's thesis on the economic impact of cannabis legalization.

Since the data basis on the the economic effects of cannabis legalization in in Switzerland is very thin, we have conducted a study in the form of a bachelor thesis which has now been published. As a basis for the work, various data on the consumption of cannabis in Switzerland. Afterwards, the current cannabis market of Switzerland is examined. For this purpose, the consumption and prices on the current Swiss market are estimated. Based on this information, the market volume under the current situation can be derived. Subsequently, a legalization scenario for Switzerland, which allows an estimation of the market in case of legalization. At the end of the paper, the tax revenue from value-added tax and cannabis tax is estimated. The figures are impressive and show that the current prohibition would generate hundreds of millions francs in additional tax revenue is preventing. Those interested in the work can read a summary of it or the whole paper read.

Addendum: Cannabis could bring state more than 300 million a year (nzz.ch, 19.11.19).


11/03/2019 - Shit happens 12.1: New repression overview

Shit happens 12.1: New repression overview We have a new overview about the repression released: Shit happens 12.1 (A3), which can be downloaded as PDF or JPG available. The idea was that next to our brochure and the Wiki we need a concise presentation that shows the complexity of hemp tracking at a glance. It is intended as a basis for those seeking advice as well as for quick information for media professionals.

This new overview is now used for specific legal consultations tested in practice and we are also happy to receive feedback from interested parties: Is it understandable? Is there a repression path missing?
The goal is for us to further refine this A3, perhaps produce a large print run or expand it into an A2: Depending on what feedback we get. Also with the PDF with its links, we are curious: Is it useful?
With these findings, we would like to publish in 2020 the Legal Aid brochure and the Wiki and develop new ways to present this difficult topic in an accessible way: Chat bot, quiz or game, graphic infographic?


10/17/2019 - Opinion on the amendment of the Narcotics Act (cannabis medicinal products).

In the consultation procedure on the amendment of the Narcotics Act regarding cannabis as a medicinal product various organizations were asked for a statement. What is disturbing about this is that many organizations were requested that have hardly anything to do with the topic. The Association Legalize it! - as an organization that is close to users and often also to patients - was not taken into account. The opinion of those affected simply does not seem to be of interest.

As the consultation procedure is public, we have nevertheless decided to issue a statement to submit a statement. The content of the amendment was published in our association magazine number 85 (from December online). In our statement we welcome the present amendment to the law, as this is the most concrete thing that brings us a little further forward. However, we also propose some adjustments, in particular the complete deletion of cannabis from the list of the total prohibition. In our statement, we also emphasize once again that the amendment to the law is clearly too short-sighted and that only a small proportion of patients will actually benefit from it.


05.10.2019 => Autumn break office 7 to 29 October

Fall Break The office is from October 7 to 29 in vacation mode: It is Thursdays and Fridays in the afternoon. otherwise we are mainly available by e-mail otherwise.

As of October 31, we will be available again as usual (Mon/Thurs/Thurs/Fri, afternoons).

We wish you all nice autumn days!


09.09.2019 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 85 is published & No. 84 is online

These days our members the current number 85 of our magazine Legalize it! in your mailbox. It contains articles on the following topics: the elections in October, the current Swiss hemp policy, Medical hemp, Statistics (hemp seeds & hash/weed), the price of weed production and a Book tip.

Legalize it! No. 84 from summer 2019 is online We have also published another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 84 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.


09.09.2019 - Addendum: Cannabis pilot projects in cities.

In short: This will probably be nothing (clever) more… Already on July 5, the Commission for Social Security and Health of the National Council (SGK-N) in its Media release about this business (19.021): It is to be put 'on hold' because a report on the protection of minors is to be written first. Apparently, this has the highest priority for the commission, whereby one wonders why the protection of minors plays a role in studies in which only adults are allowed to participate anyway. Apart from that, it could also be argued that the protection of minors has already fallen by the wayside for decades, since bans and repression with the resulting black market (and the resulting impenetrability) are the greatest danger not only for young people not only for young people. But apparently many people still see this differently and believe in the fairy tale of youth protection through bans.
But back to the pilot projects: The commission thinks it is a good idea that the employers and schools of the future study participants should be informed about their participation. Commission minorities also want to raise the hurdles for study approval even further and are even in favor of study participants having to hand in their driver's license (during the study).

Conclusion: There has been discussion about such pilot projects for what feels like an eternity now. Realistically, however, they are only part of the lowest common denominator in Swiss cannabis policy. cannabis policy (besides the medical use). Should it one day really come to the implementation of such studies, this would also be no more than a proof that there are no there are no majorities for a real change and and improvement of the current situation.
The course of the discussions even shows more and more clearly that the whole thing degenerates to a kind of alibi exercise of the policy. Decades pass before implementation and what remains in reality is all too often ineffective or even ridiculous. In the pro-anti-scheme, this means that both sides can show their constituencies that they have introduced and pushed through their ideas - even if, in this case, the result then consists, after 20 years, of a few studies on a topic on which there would already be numerous and more reliable data. And even with the argument that figures are needed for Switzerland, it remains open whether such studies will provide them at all - because it remains to be seen whether there will even be the incentives to overcome the high hurdles for approval one day.
In the end, it will probably be difficult to find participants for such projects at all - which makes the whole thing seem rather pointless already today.


Summer 2019

08.08.2019 - Transfers now also by credit card

Donations and Membership fees can now also by credit card be paid. Here you can find the revised page with all our transfer options.


08.07.2019 => Summer break office until 7 August

Agenda From July 8 until August 7 the office will be in break mode. During this time we are only available Thursdays and Fridays, always in the afternoon. by telephone. Outside these times we are best reached by e-mail to reach us.

From Thursday August 8 the office will be available again as usual (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, best in the afternoon).

We wish everyone a wonderful summer time!


08.07.2019 - New documents on the topic criminal prosecution

THC&Law: Dossier penal orders & Documents We have added to our THC and Lawsection with several new documents: The first penal order from 2019 (law) and a non-acceptance order (Zurich). On the subject of Semen prosecution a identification service and a Recognition of Facts (BL, 2019) with a police report.
In addition, we have made a significant contribution to the topic of Medicine an application for an exemption permit with the treatment of cannabis.


08.07.2019 - Feature in "10vor10" and related article

Already on June 12, the program 10vor10 featured a report on the unclear situation at prosecution of (illegal) cannabis in Switzerland. Also from the accompanying article shows that there are (still) different approaches (depending on canton and region or police and public prosecutor).
We consumers have always tried to obtain as much information possible, so that they have at least an idea of what the range of punishment is. range of punishment can be. Here therefore still two points, that can be important.
- So that the possession of up to 10 grams is exempt from the cannabis must be for personal use. personal use possession could be considered as possession and could be misdemeanor and be punished accordingly (more severely).
- If consumption is involved, it can unfortunately still lead to a "normal" report come (with interrogation and protocol, possibly even identification service etc.). This depends on the individual case (canton, region, police, public prosecutor etc.). Also, the customs authorities, for example, see minor quantities as unpunishable, but then report them for smuggling or importation, even in the case of very small quantities.


08.07.2019 - Mixed messages

- On June 26, the Federal Council approved its proposal for the facilitation for cannabis medicinal products presented (Website - Fact Sheet [PDF]). In the future, it should no longer need a permit from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), but a physician would be responsible for it. The consultation procedure will last until October 17. We will continue to publish (e.g. in the magazine Legalize it!) about the topic.

- On the topic cannabis in Switzerland a new book has been published: “Cannabis policy - The questions nobody asks». We will publish in the magazine Legalize it! report about it.


11.06.2019 - The magazine Legalize it! No. 84 is published

These days our members the latest issue No. 84 of our magazine Legalize it! in your mailbox. In it you will find articles on the current hemp policy in Switzerland, the fines, the Hemp-prosecution 2018 (with graphics) as well as a strange police control.
As a member you profit among other things always from our current info around the topic hemp. The PDF of this issue will be put online in September and will be available for everyone.


Spring 2019

23.05.2019 - It was nice at the CannaTrade 2019!

Last week the CannaTrade took place - once again it was three very interesting days! Not only for us, but hopefully also for the 11'000 visitors (and 1'600 business visitors). We could meet at our booth with numerous interested people answer questions, present our association present our association, talk about various aspects of hemp and its handling and its handling in Switzerland as well as collect donations collect donations.
A big thank you goes to those members, who have actively helped and without whose commitment such a performance would not have been possible. Also to the CannaTradeteam also deserves thanks for the smooth running of the event. The atmosphere was good and even the weather cooperated - what more could you want?
Next year the fair will take place again in Bern. We would be pleased to welcome you then at our booth. Legalize it!


5/13/2019 - Don't miss it: Next weekend is the CannaTrade 2019!

CannaTrade 2019 from 17 to 19 May As already in February and March mentioned, this year's Swiss Hemp Fair will take place at CannaTrade from 17 to 19 May in Zurich-Oerlikon (Hall 622). We are looking forward to three unforgettable days around the topic of hemp!


05/13/2019 - Study on cannabis use for health and medical reasons.

The Institute for Addiction and Health Research ISGF conducts on behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health BAG a study with an online survey and interviews. It is about the legal and illegal use of cannabis as a medicine or self-medication.
Although the study is titled “Cannabis use: recreational or medicinal motivations?”, it is not about mere recreational use. In the participation criteria it is indicated that it is about consumption for health and medical reasons. Those who meet the criteria mentioned should participate - because perhaps reliable data will convince policymakers to finally move forward in this area and remove the unnecessarily high barriers.
Uncomplicated access to cannabis as a medicine could help many sick people and reduce dependence and side effects of conventional drugs.


30.03.2019 => Spring break office in April

Agenda & Activities During the whole April the office is in Break mode. We are during this time exclusively Thursdays and Fridays, in each case in the afternoon. by telephone. Outside these times we are best reached by e-mail to reach us.

From Thursday 2 May the office will be available again as usual (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, best in the afternoon). On 3 May we will have our Members' Meeting on the topic ”Hemp and law“ will take place (Registration).

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


03/26/2019 - Hemp trade fair CannaTrade 2019 from 17 to 19 May.

CannaTrade 2019 from 17 to 19 May As mentioned in February, this year's Swiss hemp trade fair will take place at CannaTrade from 17 to 19 May will take place. The location is like last year the Hall 622, right next to the train station Zurich-Oerlikon - thus optimally accessible by public transport. Besides the numerous stands of exhibitors from all over the world, there will again be a spacious open-air chill-out area with a wide range of culinary delights. In addition, there will be a rich supporting program again this year. supporting program which covers many interests. At this point we would like to mention the Joint Roll Contest and the CannaSwissCup are just two of many events, including lectures and panel discussions. We from the association Legalize it! will be present again this year with a booth. We would be happy if you would visit us at booth no. 408 (in the outside tent). If you are looking for new members and collecting donations you are welcome to contact Markus get in touch. cu@#CT19!


10.03.2019 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 83 is online (incl. Annual Report 2018)

Legalize it! No. 83 from spring 2019 is online Since the number 83 of our magazine Legalize it! mainly consists of the annual report and the invoice 2018, we are already making the entire content available online. Number 84 (June) will then be distributed first, as usual, to the members members first and will only be made available online in the fall.


04.03.2019 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 83 will be published soon & No. 82 is online

If all goes well, our members next week the current number 83 of our magazine Legalize it! in the mailbox. This contains the minutes of our association meeting of February 1 with annual report We will also make these available online in the near future.

Legalize it! No. 82 from winter 18/19 is online We have also published another issue of our magazine Legalize it! pdf. The issue 82 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.


Winter 18/19

15.02.2019 - Association meeting, board and annual report

Annual reports association Legalize it! On February 1st we had our annual association meeting took place - already for the second time in the Volkshaus Zurich. Nino Forrer did not stand for election again this year and so Sven, Markus and Fabian were elected for another year as board elected.
We would like to thank Nino for his many years of service to the association and the initiative project! With his enthusiasm and drive, he has brought the demand for a more sensible handling of (THC-rich) hemp from 2016 back into the conversation throughout Switzerland. Now we hope the project gets new momentum in the recently founded supporting association and will lead to a successful vote in the coming years.
On February 8, the somewhat reduced board constituted itself in its first meeting and started the year 2019 further planned. Now we present the annual report with conclusion for the magazine Legalize it! No. 83 and will then also make it available online.


06.02.2019 - 100 days to go until CannaTrade!

CannaTrade 2019 from 17 to 19 May In 100 days, it's Friday at the legendary Swiss hemp trade show CannaTrade is already almost over. From May 17-19 we will once again have the opportunity to explore and experience pretty much everything that has to do with hemp. Since the fair is again right next to the train station Zurich-Oerlikon station, it is easily accessible by public transport. Who wants to meet us from the Association Legalize it! would also like to support us at the fair, please contact Markus get in touch. cu@#CT19 !


31.01.2019 - New documents on the topic criminal prosecution

THC&Law: Dossier penal orders & Documents We have added to our THC and Law section various penal orders and other documents: A surprisingly mild sentence in Thurgau still from 2017, various cases from 2018 (among them also a discontinuation order from Ticino) and an example of a misdemeanor.
It is always astonishing how many hemp seeds cases there were again in 2018. People seem to have forgotten the “clean-up action” of the customs and the subsequent wave of repression in the spring of 2015 have already forgotten again.
Surprisingly often, affected people ordered from “Sensi Seeds”. After a short pause in delivery in 2015, these and other seed suppliers are again letting their Swiss customers go full bore. What good does it do people if they get their money back, but are reported for importing illegal narcotics and in some cases even have to endure house searches? In the end 'happy' who is only charged with one violation punished… because whoever is punished for a misdemeanor comes to the cash register, is really poor off!

Ordering hemp seeds, which produce THC-rich plants, often leads to criminal proceedings!


The contributions of 2018 you can find here, the current here.

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