In its debut month of operation, the legal cannabis dispensary in Lausanne recorded significant turnover, selling 4.5 kilograms of cannabis. This is a figure that represents 5% of the estimated amount of cannabis coming from the black market. This initiative is part of a broader movement towards the regulation and legalization of cannabis in Switzerland and marks a new direction in public debate and drug policy.
“That’s the 5% we think we took from the black market,” he said. Almost 320 people came to buy cannabis in the new structure, explained Frank Zobel, vice president of Addiction Suisse, in an interview broadcast on Saturday by 24 Heures.
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Frank Zobel, vice president of Addiction Suisse, in an interview for “24 Heures” emphasized that the average age of buyers is between 35 and 40 years old, and most of them do not use assistance programs for addicts. This fact contradicts stereotypes and suggests that interest in a diversified offer is much wider. So far, each of the 320 program participants has purchased an average of 14 grams of legal cannabis, and the Lausanne cannabis sales pilot program began on December 11, 2023.
More than 600 adult residents of Lausanne expressed their willingness to participate in the Cann-L project, indicating a growing interest in legal and regulated channels for purchasing cannabis. Cann-L, modeled on the experience in Quebec, Canada, aims not only to monitor the black market but also to assess the impact of non-profit sales on consumer behavior.
Zobel notes that cannabis with a high THC content is most sought after , around 15%, which accounts for 40% of sales. This information is crucial in understanding consumer preferences and the potential risks associated with using stronger strains of cannabis.
The Cann-L project reveals that early participants also sourced cannabis from short supply chains, such as friends or local growers. Nevertheless, Zobel emphasizes that street vendors can still meet spontaneous needs that legal outlets cannot.
Long-term impact and costs of the Cann-L project
The Cann-L project is expected to cost 1.7 million Swiss francs and take four and a half years. Participants will complete surveys every six months, and the data collected will be used to assess the long-term effects of the project, especially in the context of understanding the dynamics of the regulated cannabis market and its potential impact on society.
In other Swiss cities, such as Basel and Zurich, controlled sales of cannabis for adults in pharmacies began as early as 2023. These initiatives, while experimental, are critical to the ongoing debate over the development of federal cannabis legislation. In Switzerland, 4% of adults currently use cannabis regularly, and the data collected in these pilot projects will play an important role in shaping future regulation
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