Switzerland Legalizes Growing Cannabis At Home (Updated)

420timesmarijuana_plant_5_smallUPDATE: This post has been the target of some controversy in the comments section, where there has been some confusion of whether Switzerland is indeed allowing the growth of 4 cannabis plants in someone’s home. Since we are one of the few English-speaking publications to address this issue, it has been hard to ascertain any information contrary to what is stated in the post below.
But thanks to a reader, we may be able to shed more light on the subject. Pat Mächler from the comments section emailed us about the story, and provided links to us that serve to clarify it. He sent us a link to it being covered in what they say is Switzerland’s largest circulating newspaper, which happens to be in French. You can find the English translation here.


The story states that people in Switzerland can indeed grow up to four plants in their home, but the THC content can in no case exceed 0.3%, basically meaning they can grow hemp.


In which case the new law seems rather useless. Hemp can be used for many things, but you can’t just cut down a plant and make a shirt. There is industrialization involved, although hemp seeds can be eaten raw and it can be used in a variety of foods. But for those who seek relief in a medical sense and need THC to achieve that relief, that is still illegal in Switzerland.


Thanks to Pat for clarification on this post.


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Someone out there is finally getting it.


In order to combat the increasing illegal sales of cannabis in Switzerland, four of the seven French-speaking Swiss cantons (similar to states in the U.S.) will be allowing individuals to grow four cannabis plants at their home, starting in January 2012. The cannabis is only authorized for personal use and cannot be sold.


The cantons involved are Geneva, Neuchatel, Vaud (Lausanne) and Fribourg, according to this article (in French, see translation here). People can apply for permits to grow more than four plants.


We here at The 420 Times fully expect this new law to reduce crime and police expenses in Switzerland, and everywhere else this kind of progressive thinking comes to pass.


If four plants sounds a bit restrictive, remember two things: first, it’s still illegal to do this in most of the world (thanks to U.S. government intervention in everyone else’s business) and second, a properly done grow can yield some pretty spectacular results.



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