|The Swiss cannabis strain “Walliser Queen” with the Alps in the background. Starting January 1, cultivation of up to four marijuana plants will be legal in the Alpine nation.|
Citizens of Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home, according to government officials. Four people sharing a house can grow up to 16 plants, but only if each person tends to their own crop.
The further relaxation of the Alpine nation’s already liberal cannabis laws has been agreed upon by four regions in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, reports Ian Sparks at the Daily Mail.
“We have agreed these new rules to prevent drugs tourism between regions where the rules are different, and to stop them buying it on the streets,” said a spokesman for the Neuchatel region of Switzerland.
“But one person cannot start growing more than four plants just by claiming they live with other people,” the spokesman said. “In this case, these other people have to actually be cultivating the plants themselves. This means attending to the plant in such a way as to make it grow.”
“This basically means that you can grow four more plants for every housemate you have — just as long as they know how to hold a watering can,” quipped the Swiss daily newspaper Le Matin.
The rules come into effect on January 1, 2012 in the Swiss cantons of Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Fribourg.