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2024-01-16

Support for cannabis pilot project in Valais, Switzerland

Support for cannabis pilot project in Valais, Switzerland

Recent survey results indicate a significant shift in public opinion regarding the legalisation and regulated distribution of cannabis in the Swiss canton of Valais. According to a poll conducted by the HES-SO and the LINK Institute, nearly two-thirds of Valais residents would support a pilot project for the legal distribution of cannabis. The findings also shed light on the potential for broader legalisation, with close to half of respondents expressing favorability towards a comprehensive policy change.

Growing support for cannabis pilot project

The survey reveals a remarkable 64% of Valaisans are in favour of implementing a pilot project for the legal distribution of cannabis, similar to those already in place in Lausanne, Basel, and Zurich. This demonstrates a noteworthy level of acceptance and openness among the population towards exploring alternative approaches to cannabis regulation. Despite not matching the strong political will seen in larger Swiss cities, the results suggest that the people of Valais are willing to consider this avenue for achieving a clear and sensible cannabis policy.

Benjamin Foro, the president of the Valais Organization for Hemp Interests (OVIC), expressed optimism regarding the survey results. He stated that the findings could contribute to advancing discussions on cannabis regulation in the region. While political support may not be as robust as in major cities, Foro believes that the survey underscores the readiness of the Valais population to pursue a well-defined and rational approach to cannabis policy.

Questions about legalisation

In addition to gauging support for the pilot project, the survey delved into the broader issue of cannabis legalisation. The results indicate a tight split among Valais residents, with 49.7% expressing support for legalisation. Notably, the Upper Valais region and individuals under the age of 42 demonstrated the highest levels of support, with over 60% and 62%, respectively, in favour of legalisation.

For a canton with a strong agricultural presence like Valais, there is potential for substantial benefits through cannabis regulation, particularly if it proves favourable to farmers and small businesses. Benjamin Foro emphasised the significant advantages that a regulated cannabis market could offer to the region, pointing to the positive impact on both agricultural enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses.

The survey results reflect a changing attitude towards cannabis regulation in Valais, with a majority supporting the implementation of a pilot project for legal distribution. While the political landscape may not be as receptive as in larger Swiss cities, the findings indicate a willingness among the Valais population to explore innovative approaches to cannabis policy. As discussions continue, the survey could serve as a catalyst for further dialogue and potential changes in the regulatory landscape of cannabis in the region.

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