German discount supermarket retailer Lidl has introduced locally grown cannabis to its store in Switzerland. Two products derived from hemp flowers are being offered as an alternative to rolling tobacco.
A 1.5g box, from plants grown indoors, costs 17.99 Swiss francs (£13.20). A 3g bag is 19.99 Swiss francs, but is made from flowers grown in greenhouses. The cost per cigarette is approximately double that of tobacco roll-ups.
Switzerland changed the law in 2011 to permit people over 18 to purchase and use cannabis containing no more than 1% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Lidl’s products, supplied by The Botanicals, based in northeastern Switzerland are designed to provide a relaxing and anti-inflammatory effect, but not to be intoxicating.
“The manufacturer relies on sustainable agriculture and refrains entirely from adding chemical, synthetic or genetically modified substances,” said Lidl.