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25 Dec 2023

Switzerland Considers Legalizing Cocaine as Drug War Fails

Switzerland's capital [mulls over cocaine legalization](https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2023/12/21/swiss-cocaine-cheap-widely-used-high-quality-bern-legalise/), acknowledging the shortcomings of its drug policies. High cocaine consumption rates in cities like Zurich, Basel, and Geneva, coupled with the drug's low cost, have prompted this consideration, inspired by [Oregon's decriminalization](https://www.npr.org/2021/06/18/1007022652/oregons-pioneering-drug-decriminalization-experiment-is-now-facing-the-hard-test) of small amounts in 2021. Switzerland's cocaine prices [have halved](https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/swiss-capital-bern-considers-legal-cocaine-project-2023-12-20/#:~:text=Swiss%20cities%2C%20including%20Bern%2C%20are,governmental%20organisation) in five years. The decision reflects a significant shift in the country's approach to drug use and regulation.