The FOPH can grant authorisations for scientific pilot trials involving the controlled dispensing of non-medicinal cannabis that are limited in time, place and scope, provided new insights into cannabis use can be gained.
The FOPH authorises pilot trials under the Narcotics Act (NarcA) provided the submitted application is complete and the requirements for conducting the trial, as stipulated in Art. 8a NarcA and the Ordinance on Pilot Trials Conducted Under the Narcotics Act (NarcPT), (in German, French and Italian) are met.
Pilot trials are scientific studies designed to deliver insights on the impact of measures, usefulness of instruments and effectiveness of approaches regarding the use of non-medicinal cannabis.
Scientific pilot trials are designed to provide insights into one or more of the following impacts:
- the physical and mental health of users and their performance and productivity;
- consumption pattern;
- socioeconomic aspects;
- the drug market in a specific area;
- youth protection; or
- public order and public safety.