Bern pharmacies gear up for marijuana pilot project
Medical marijuana may soon be available at pharmacies in the Swiss capitol city of Bern under a project by Bern University. On Monday, the city government announced the commission of the university's Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine to research the effects of selling cannabis in pharmacies. Under the program, cannabis would be sold in certain pharmacies around the city to registered users who are over 18, living in Bern, and already using cannabis. Supporters of the project say it's not about liberalization of the use of cannabis but better controlling it. They believe selling cannabis in pharmacies will limit the effects of the black market and associated criminality. Spokesperson for the Addiction Suisse foundation Corine Kibora says that “the current situation isn't very satisfactory...what's important for us is that the project is measured, evaluated and allows us to learn, gather experience and see what effect that has on consumers.” The study is expected to take 3-4 months and among other things, the study will look at participants' behavior, use of and effects of prevention methods and the quality of black market cannabis.
Nuglife Radio's Medicinal Mike and Benjie Cooper discuss the new pilot program.
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