In the final vote of the spring session 2021, the National Council and the Council of States approved business 20.060 of an amendment to the Narcotics Act. This provides that the cultivation and medical prescription of medicinal hemp may be prescribed in the future without an exemption permit from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Now the referendum period is running. As a further step, the Federal Council must now amend the ordinance and determine when it will enter into force.
This step will not happen overnight, but the way to it is prepared and foreseeable. Now, discussions about health insurance coverage of cannabis medicines will follow in the coming years – because until they are covered, few people are likely to be able to afford the remedies.