Swiss parliament says no to cannabis use in scientific studies

GENEVA, June 12 (Xinhua) — The Swiss parliament has rejected a motion to allow the use of cannabis in scientific studies investigating the drug’s effects.

Opponents of the rejected motion saw it as a back-door path towards liberalization, the Swiss media reported Tuesday.

After a narrow victory at the committee stage, the motion was rejected on Monday in the House of Representatives by another slim margin: 96 votes to 93, with two abstentions, the Swiss News Agency, SDA-ATS, reported.

The conservative-right Swiss People’s Party and centrist Christian Democrats voted against the idea, which they saw as an implicit route towards liberalizing cannabis consumption.

Supporters of the project, which aimed to make cannabis available for academic studies about the effects of prescribed versions of the drug, had claimed that it would allow for a better understanding of possible health and social problems.

The vote came after a November 2017 federal decision to block a University of

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