Overview of authorised pilot trials

Below you will find an overview of the pilot trials with cannabis for non-medical purposes that have been approved to date.  

In Switzerland, pilot trials with cannabis are planned in all major cities. The various organisers are planning to distribute cannabis in pharmacies, cannabis social clubs and non-profit stores as well as via other distribution channels. The pilot trials will thus allow for, among other things, a compari-son of the different distribution systems and show which regulatory models are accepted by consumers and the population. The first results are not expected until 2024 at the earliest.

Timeline for the pilot trial

Those responsible for the pilot trials are required to inform the FOPH annually about their progress. The FOPH will provide information to the public based on this feedback (Pilot trials with cannabis (admin.ch)). The research reports on the individual pilot trials will be published on this page on a continuous basis.

Overview of authorised pilot trials

Cannabis Research Zürich

The aim of the pilot trial in the canton of Zurich is to investigate the social and economic consequences of legalising recreational cannabis use in Switzerland.

Cann-L - Pilot trial with a sale on a non-profit basis in Lausanne

Project Cann-L is intended to assess the feasibility and the potential impact of a model for regulating the consumption of cannabis through its sale on a non-profit basis in the city of Lausanne.

Grashaus Projects BL

Can the structured, controlled sale of cannabis (with points of sale in Liestal and Allschwil) bring about a change in consumption?

La Cannabinothèque - Regulated access to cannabis in the canton of Geneva

The trial is intended to study to what extent a programme offering regulated access to cannabis may improve knowledge of the substance and its associated issues and concerns and may help reduce the health and social risks that drug consumption usually entails.

SCRIPT – Research on sale of cannabis in pharmacies

The main aim of this pilot trial in Berne, Bienne and Lucerne is to evaluate what impact a regulated not-for-profit sale of cannabis in pharmacies combined with related advisory services may have on cannabis consumption.

WeedCare - Study on the regulated sale of cannabis in pharmacies in Canton Basel-Stadt

This study on the regulated sale of cannabis in pharmacies in Canton Basel-Stadt is examining the effects in public health terms of permitting regulated cannabis sales.

ZüriCan – Study on the regulated sale of cannabis in the city of Zurich

This study will investigate the extent to which regulated sale, supplemented by advice, can enhance both knowledge and behaviour in respect of the lower-risk forms of cannabis, and whether this can be implemented.

Further information

Pilot trials with cannabis

On 15 May 2021 an amendment to NarcA has come into force allowing pilot trials involving the dispensing of cannabis for non-medicinal (“recreational”) purposes. These studies are intended to create the basis for the future legal regulation of cannabis.

National Strategy on Addiction

The National Strategy on Addiction aims to prevent the development of addiction, provide help to people with an addiction and reduce the negative impact on health and society.

Research reports on Cannabis

Here a list of research reports on the topic "Cannabis" that have been funded by the Federal Office of Public Health.

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Last modification 18.01.2024

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