Swiss gov't seeks to legalize marijuana

Switzerland's marijuana prohibition may soon be a thing of the past. The government is recommending that the Swiss parliament legalize the production, sale and use of marijuana.

An estimated half a million Swiss smoke marijuana on a regular or occassional basis. And according to surveys, a quarter of those, inhale.

The government says its draft law reflects that reality.

If the parliament enacts the law, Switzerland will become the second European country after the Netherlands to legalize cannibas.

As is the case in that country, Switzerland will have officially designated coffee shops where marijuana can be smoked. But unlike the Netherlands, which allows imported brands, only the home-grown varieties of the drug will be allowed in Switzerland.

Conservatives are opposed to legalization and promise to fight the draft law. They say if it's passed, Switzerland will become a haven for drug tourists.