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Swiss Federal Court Okays 10g of Cannabis
Author: Michael Knodt  21/09/2017 - 21:42:00

People in the cities of Zurich and Winterthur and the Canton St. Gallen can legally possess up to 10 grams of cannabis without fear of criminal prosecution. The Federal Court of Justice recently stated “the mere possession of minor amounts of drugs for consumer purposes” is not a priority, which supports the city court’s decision last year to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis. 

“We will stop the prosecution of adults for the mere possession of a small amount of cannabis in the future, or not process them (the received police reports) at all,” said Katharina Graf, head of the Zurich City Court. 

Public consumption, however, is still unlawful and will continue to be punishable by a fine of 100 Swiss francs, without opening a criminal case against the owner. Cities in Eastern Switzerland are also looking into implementing cannabis decriminalization policies. 

“We have heard of it (the Federal court’s verdict) and started this week,” Florian Schneider from the cantonal police St. Gallen said regarding the official announcements by the two cities.

The Zurich police, on the other hand, announced that owners of small quantities will continue to be reported until further notice.

“We are aware of the judgment of the Federal Supreme Court and the decision of the municipal court. Whether this will lead to a change in our practice is still open,” Zurich police speaker Marco Cortesi said.

Regardless, these reports will no longer have any consequences for those affected. Whether the new regulation applies to minors under the age of 18 is still not clear, since the city court is only responsible for adults.

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