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Location of Switzerland within Europe

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, the so-called Bundesstadt (federal city). The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, where it is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.


Sale or transport is illegal however cannabis has been decriminalized for possession and cultivation is legal in a private property only. Usually only the minimum penalty is imposed for possession and personal use, even for larger amounts. The federal council committed to implement changes to decriminalization of personal use and possession in 2001, and the parliament is currently tasked to tender concrete approaches.

As of January 1, 2012, the cantons Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Fribourg have allowed the growing and cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants per person, in an attempt to curb illegal street trafficking.[1]

Additional Resources


  1. Swiss cannabis smokers will be allowed to grow four marijuana plants each (to stop them buying drugs illegally) (November 17, 2011), Daily Mail


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