Info association Legalize it! 2020

You can find the 2019 posts here, and the current ones here.

21.12.2020 - Winter break office from 21 December to 8 January

aktuell_121216_leaf.jpg A special year is coming to an end: not only for the association, but for all of us. Because actually we would have liked to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our association with our members this year…. But shortly after the mailing at the beginning of March everything came differently. Fortunately, we were able to publish 3 issues of our magazine Legalize it! in 2020 and the 13th edition of our legal aid brochure Shit happens in the summer.
In addition to a home office phase, member meetings were held (partially) online and the board also had to switch to online meetings more often. In autumn we renewed our computer system and software. Thanks to the great effort of new activists, not only our wiki appeared in a new dress, but also the magazine Legalize it! in a new layout and we even have a new logo now.
Also in 2020 we had to avoid a financial cliff. Once again, we succeeded in doing so, as generous donations were received for the mailing in August.

Many thanks to all who supported us! Now it's time for our winter break, during which we want to recharge our batteries as much as possible for 2021. Even though we don't know yet what next year will be like, we want to be well prepared and stay on top of many topics and projects.

From December 21 to January 8, our office will be unmanned. However, in urgent cases we will surely find an appointment for our members: It is best to inquire by e-mail or SMS (079 581 90 44).

As of January 11, our office will be open again as usual (Mon/Thurs/Thurs/Fri, afternoons).

We wish all nice winter days and a good slide into a hopefully better 2021!

08.12.2020 - Medical hemp by the First Council.

The National Council has clearly approved the bill on cannabis medicines by 143 votes to 33 with 15 abstentions. All minority motions were rejected. Thus, unfortunately, there will be no possibility for sick people to legally grow their own hemp (which could have reduced the costs for those affected).

04.12.2020 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 89 is published & No. 88 is online

These days our members have received the latest number 89 of our magazine Legalize it! (in a new layout). It contains a mix of topics: Cannabis Pilot Trials, Cannabis Social Club, Medical Hemp, Parliamentary Initiative and Review of 30 Years of Association. We will post the PDF in March.
Become a member, so that you are always up to date (e.g. also by e-mail) - you enable our activities and support the association. Legalize it ! Legalize it! No. 88 from fall 2020 is online We have also pdf'd another issue of our magazine Legalize it! It is Issue 88now available for Issue 88 download, both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of politics, justice, culture and the scene. Issue 88The current issue is still reserved for our members.

Fall 2020

16.11.2020 - Our website in a new look

We have renewed the appearance of our wiki and also redesigned the navigation. Many thanks to Michael for the programming! Now it's our turn to click through our pages and still make improvements here and there. If you notice something, we are glad about a message!

05.10.2020 - Autumn break office 5 - 30 October

Fall Break The office is in vacation mode from October 5 to 30: It is staffed on Fridays in the afternoon, otherwise we can be reached mainly by e-mail.

As of November 2, we will be available again as usual (Mon/Thurs/Thurs/Fri, afternoons).

We wish you all nice autumn days!

05.10.2020 - Petition 19b extended

The petition on Article 19b: Non-punishable shall not be punishable is still running until the end of October. It is about limiting the prosecution of the consumers.
Whoever wants to sign it is cordially invited to do so. More information can be found at the Hemp Museum, you can sign the petition here.

05.10.2020 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 88

Already in mid-September, our members received issue 88 of our magazine Legalize it! As always, it contained a mix of topics: In addition to the current cannabis policy also graphics on repression 2019, mixing CBD with THC and what consequences the repression can have. We will then post the PDF in December.
Become a member, so that you are always up to date (e.g. also by e-mail) - you enable our activities and support the association. Legalize it !

28.9.2020 - Policy brief

  • Parliament has finished debating the bill on pilot projects(19.021) and approved it in the final vote on 25.9.20. The opponents could now initiate a referendum against this bill. Addition 8.10.20: The referendum deadline is 14.1.21.
  • The bill on medical hemp(20.060) is with the parliament. On October 8, the first commission should discuss it (SGK-N). Addendum of 10/16/20: The SGK-N approved the bill by 22 votes to 3, calling for data to be collected on side effects in particular. The whole process is expected to take one to two years.
  • A parliamentary initiative calling for comprehensive new legal regulation of cannabis was newly submitted(20.473).

Unfortunately, the first two deals are only small steps forward: certain facilitations for THC in medicine and study projects limited in time, place and participants.

The new parliamentary initiative aims much further. If it is supported, the administration will have to work out one or more models, which will then be discussed in parliament. There is still a lot to be done, but the potential to arrive at a truly new approach to THC use in this process is great. The details will be decisive…

Summer 2020

07.08.2020 - Holiday end info

  • Sven can now be reached by phone again as usual on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as Thursdays and Fridays, each afternoon(079 581 90 44).
  • The member mailing arrived yesterday and the first large donations for our 2020 collection have already arrived or been pledged, thank you! We are excited to see how much we can collect until the deadline on August 28.
  • As of September 4, we will dissolve our P.O. Box (it would be much more expensive, get a new number, and most of it will come in electronically, unlike in our early days). From then on, our address for parcels and letters will be as follows: Association Legalize it!, Quellenstrasse 25, 8005 Zurich.
  • We are currently working on the 88th issue of our Legalize it! which will reach our members around mid-September.

26.06.2020 - Daylight saving time

Agenda Until the beginning of August we will have a half vacation. During this time we are only available by phone on Thursdays and Fridays in the afternoon.

We wish you all a good summer!

25.06.2020 - Facilitation for medical hemp

At its meeting yesterday, June 24, the Federal Council discussed the amendment to the Cannabis Medicinal Products Act and approved the message in advance. The definitive text will be published in the Federal Gazette in the near future. Subsequently, this business will come to the parliament, where then the responsible commissions and the two councils will decide on it. These deliberations will also take some time (here is the link to our last article on this).

20.06.2020 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 87 is online

Legalize it! No. 87 from spring 2020 is online We had already published the annual report, now the rest of the number is online. Especially the article in the politics section is now available as PDF.
The autumn issue (September) will be published in December.
Become a member and get the latest information!

05.06.2020 - Shipping Shit happens 13

Shit happens 13 In the last few months we have been working mainly on the new edition of our legal aid brochure. This week, in several batches, we filled the envelopes and put them in the mail. Next week the copies should arrive at our members. In parallel we also filled our wiki here with the new info. Now there are still a few details to be cleaned up. Afterwards we would like to edit the new documents about hemp repression, which we have received (e.g. summary penalty orders), and post them here.

03.06.2020 - National Council on the pilot projects

The National Council has decided that cannabis studies should be allowed(Business 19.021). But now the Council of States has to decide. If it also agrees, there can still be a referendum against it (and possibly a referendum). Even if this amendment to the NarcA once in force, concrete studies would still have to be elaborated and submitted and approved. Only then can one apply for it (and then also know which conditions must be fulfilled etc.). So this will still be a long way! But we will certainly report about it again.

Spring 2020

06.04.2020 - Shit happens 12.2: Second version of our repression overview

Shit happens 12.2: Repression overview We have released our overview of repression in the second version: Shit happens 12.2 (A3), which PDF JPGis available as PDFor. JPGThe idea was that, in addition to our brochure and wiki, we needed a concise presentation that could show the complexity of hemp prosecution at a glance. It is meant as a basis for people seeking advice as well as for quick information for media professionals.

26.03.2020 - Meeting unfortunately canceled, but we continue to work

We would have liked to start again with our member meetings. But the pandemic has made that impossible, like so many things we were looking forward to this spring.
At the moment, we are considering whether to hold a members' meeting via videoconference. We would like to invite all members who have given us their e-mail address.
We can be reached on 079 581 90 44 as usual, as well as on We hope that we all get through these extraordinary times well!

12.03.2020 - Magazine Legalize it! No. 87 is published & No. 86 is online

Last week our members received the current number 87 of our magazine Legalize it! As always in the spring number it contains mainly the Annual report and financial statements 2019. The article on the current Swiss hemp policy, which is also included, will then be online in June.

Legalize it! No. 86 from winter 19/20 is online We have also pdf'd another issue of our magazine Legalize it! This is Issue 86now available for Issue 86 download both as a whole and as individual articles in the areas of politics, culture and scene. Issue 86The current issue is still reserved for our members.

Winter 19/20

27.02.2020 - Addendum: Federal court overturns tobacco tax on CBD hemp

Good news for fans of CBD hemp: This should become cheaper, since the tobacco tax is eliminated. On February 18, it became known that the Federal Court had already upheld the complaints of three companies on January 29(SRF, watson & 20min). According to the court, there was no legal basis for taxation as for tobacco products (about 25%).
The Federal Customs Administration will inform about the further procedure. Many products should already be available at much lower prices.
However, it would not be surprising if parliamentarians would soon join forces to create the missing basis so that CBD flowers could one day be taxed again…

04.02.2020 - Association meeting, board and annual report

Annual reports association Legalize it! On January 31 we held our 2020 association meeting. We approved the annual accounts 2019 and elected the board for 2020: Sven Schendekehl, Markus Graf and Fabian Strodel will lead our association for another year.
The detailed minutes with annual report and financial statements will follow in Legalize it! No. 87, which will be out at the beginning of March.

02.02.2020 - Commission gives green light for cannabis studies

Last Friday, January 31, it became known that the Commission for Social Security and Health of the National Council(SGK-N) has again dealt with the experimental article (pilot projects): Media Release.
Special was the decision of the commission that only Swiss organic hemp may be used for these studies (which probably excludes indoor cultivation). Now the business goes to the National Council, which will probably decide already in the spring session on some minority motions, which should further tighten the conditions for the studies (e.g. notification to employers and schools).

02.02.2020 - Goodbye 2019 and 2020 ahoy

Still in the old year, Sven posted various facsimiles: on the subject of “driving under drugs” (FuD), an unconditional sentence and a discontinuation order, two summonses from 2019, and on the subject of semen tracing, a written questioning.

In the new year, the first thing on the agenda was writing the annual report. Then, after we finished the 2019 accounting, we were almost ready for the January 31 Association Meeting (AGM) (see above).

You can find the 2019 posts here, and the current ones here.

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