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Is Cannabis Legal in Switzerland?

Switzerland flag with a hand holding a marijuana infront of it

Cannabis is illegal for recreational use in Switzerland but decriminalized for minor possession of up to 10 grams. Low-THC weed, containing less than 1% of the cannabinoid, has been legally sold at Swiss tobacco stores since 2017.

Possession of cannabis is not generally punished by prison time unless the amount exceeds 4 kilograms.

For people found in possession of up to 4 kilograms of cannabis, a prison sentence of up to three years is possible.

People possessing fewer than 4 kilograms of marijuana in Switzerland are more likely to receive monetary fines.

What Are the Medical Marijuana Laws in Switzerland?

Medical marijuana is extremely limited in Switzerland, with Swiss physicians requiring a permit from the Federal Office of Public Health to prescribe the drug.

Medical cannabis may only be prescribed for up to one year, and very few pharmacies in Switzerland are authorized to dispense medical marijuana prescriptions.

Cultivating cannabis with more than 1% THC is illegal in Switzerland. But hemp cultivation is legalized.

Where Is It Safe to Purchase Cannabis in Switzerland?

Low-THC cannabis is available at smoke shops and other specialty retailers throughout Switzerland.

Where Is It Safe To Consume Marijuana in Switzerland?

Consuming small amounts of low-THC weed at home may be safe in Switzerland. But large quantities of higher-THC cannabis are illegal throughout the country.