By / October 2, 2023

Geneva, Third Swiss City to Launch Legal Cannabis Sales in December

Geneva will soon become the third Swiss city, following Basel and Zurich, to sell cannabis legally. This announcement was made last Wednesday by former Confederation president Ruth Dreifuss, currently the president of the ChanGE association overseeing the initiative.

To follow the latest updates on the Swiss cannabis trials in Geneva along with all the latest in legalization and lifestyle from around the world, download our free cannabis news app.

The Initiative: A First for Geneva

The pilot project, set to run for three years, will offer approximately 1,000 Geneva residents the opportunity to purchase and consume cannabis legally. It will be closely monitored and analyzed by the addiction service of the University Hospitals and the sociology department of the University of Geneva.

Focus on Participant Perceptions

Instead of undertaking physiological measures, such as blood analyses, researchers will focus on participants’ perceptions, behaviors, and consumption, as well as reactions within the Geneva community.

Participation Criteria and Geneva Sales Locations

To be part of this experiment, potential participants must be adults, reside in the canton of Geneva, and be regular cannabis users, either for recreational or therapeutic purposes.

Martine Baudin, coordinator of ChanGE, emphasized that the project aims to attract a diverse range of participants, aged 18 to 70 years.

The “Cannabinothèque” Venue

Selected candidates in Geneva can visit “La Cannabinothèque”, the sales point located near Châtelaine in Vernier, a few kilometers from the French border, starting December. It will be easily accessible via public transport.

Compliance with the Law

While the pilot project seems promising for cannabis enthusiasts in Geneva, authorities underline it will be strictly regulated, and illegal activities will not be tolerated.

Carole-Anne Kast, the Secretary of State in charge of the police, stated, “There’s no question of allowing illegal behaviors within this legal framework.”

Geneva Community Support Essential

Furthermore, the success of the project hinges on the support of the local Geneva community, as highlighted by Martin Staub, administrative councilor of the Vernier municipality.

The pilot initiative aims to be a significant step toward a deeper understanding of the effects of legal cannabis sales and consumption in Geneva and will provide opportunities to enhance public health and prevention strategies.

Registration to participate in the trial has been open on the ChanGE association’s website since last Sunday, while the sales point is set to open its doors to participants next December.

(Featured image by Lukas Blaskevicius via Unsplash)

DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third-party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of, its management, staff, or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.

This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.

First published in Newsweed, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.

Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.

Comments are closed for this post.