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Switzerland: Swiss Police Google Farmers, Find Marijuana Field

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 08:00:00 GMT

Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Jan 2009 - Seized cannabis and marijuana is seen during a press conference in Zurich, Switzerland. [photo] Swiss police said they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software.



Switzerland: Day Tripper

Sun, 28 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times Magazine, 28 Dec 2008 - In the circles where LSD eventually thrived, the moment of its discovery was more cherished than even the famous intersection of a fine English apple with Isaac Newton's inquiring mind, the comic cosmic instant that gave us gravity. According to legend, Dr. Albert Hofmann, a research chemist at the Sandoz pharmaceutical company, fell from his bicycle in April 1943 on his way home through the streets of Basel, Switzerland, after accidently dosing himself with LSD at the laboratory. The story presented another example of enlightenment as trickster. As a narrative it was very fondly regarded because so many of us imagined a clueless botanist pedaling over the cobblestones with the clockwork Helvetian order dissolving under him. At Sandoz, Hofmann specialized in the investigation of naturally occurring compounds that might make useful medicines. Among these was a rye fungus called ergot, known principally as the cause of a grim disease called St. Anthony's Fire, which resulted in gangrene and convulsions. Ergot had one positive effect: in appropriate doses it facilitated childbirth. Hofmann set out to find whether there might be further therapeutic applications for ergot derivatives. Indeed, he discovered some for Sandoz, including Hydergine, a medication that, among other things, enhances memory function in the elderly. Most famously, of course, Hofmann's ergot experiments synthesized D-lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate, LSD. On April 16, 1943, he apparently absorbed a minuscule amount of the lysergic acid he was synthesizing through his fingertips. He went home (he doesn't say how) and subsequently submitted a report to Sandoz. This reads in part:



Switzerland: Swiss Approve Heroin Program

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Edmonton Sun, 01 Dec 2008 - GENEVA -- A pioneering program to give addicts government-authorized heroin has been overwhelmingly approved by Swiss voters. At the same time, they rejected the decriminalization of marijuana in yesterday's referendum.



Switzerland: Swiss Enshrine Legal Heroin Program

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 01 Dec 2008 - Voters Endorse Drugs-For-Addicts Measure While Rejecting Bid To Decriminalize Marijuana GENEVA-The world's most comprehensive legalized heroin program became permanent yesterday with overwhelming approval from Swiss voters who also rejected the decriminalization of marijuana.



Switzerland: Swiss Approve Heroin Scheme But Vote Down Marijuana Law

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT

The Guardian, 01 Dec 2008 - A pioneering Swiss programme to give addicts government authorised heroin was overwhelmingly approved yesterday by voters who simultaneously rejected the decriminalisation of marijuana. Sixty-eight per cent of voters approved making the heroin programme permanent. It has been credited with reducing crime and improving the health and daily lives of addicts since it began 14 years ago.



Switzerland: Web: Swiss to Agree Heroin Scheme but Say No to Dope

Sun, 30 Nov 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Swissinfo, 30 Nov 2008 - The Swiss have voted for the government's drugs policy, including the prescription of heroin to addicts, but have rejected a plan to decriminalise cannabis. In a major upset on Sunday, a proposal to tighten legal provisions against paedophile criminals was carried. An early retirement scheme and plans to curb the powers of environmental organisations failed to pass at the ballot box.



Switzerland: Switzerland Set To Approve Prescription Heroin

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Daily Mail, 29 Nov 2008 - A pioneering Swiss programme aimed to curb drug abuse by providing addicts with a clean, safe place to take heroin is expected to be made permanent by voters in a referendum on Sunday. The programme has been criticized by the United States and the U.N. narcotics board, which said it would fuel drug abuse.



Switzerland: Swiss Likely to Approve Prescription Heroin

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 08:00:00 GMT

The Daily Press, 29 Nov 2008 - GENEVA (AP) -- Dr. Daniele Zullino keeps glass bottles full of white powder in a safe in a locked room of his office. Patients show up each day to receive their treatment in small doses handed through a small window.



Switzerland: Albert Hofmann, LSD Inventor, Dies

Thu, 01 May 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Telegraph, 01 May 2008 - Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who invented the LSD and became the first person in the world to experience a full-blown acid trip, has died. He was 102. He was working as a chemist in Basel, when he synthesised lysergic acid diethylamide. On April 19, 1943, he took the substance before cycling home.