Switzerland has fully legalised medicinal cannabis containing less than 1% THC and given the green light to exports.
In changes coming into effect on August 1, patients will be able to obtain medicinal cannabis on prescription where previously they had to apply to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) to access the medicine.
Exports will also be allowed for commercial purposes subject to approval by medicines authority Swissmedic.
The Swiss Federal Council lifted the ban on medicinal cannabis in March 2021 saying the demands on the FOPH for approvals had increased in recent years, increasing the administrative burden and delaying treatment.
While recreational use remains illegal in Switzerland, Basel is going to run a pilot scheme to improve understanding of alternative regulatory forms that could form the basis of future legislation.