Legal cannabis cultivation in Netherlands to test organized crime impact

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Legal cannabis cultivation in Netherlands to test organized crime impact

Post by notsofasteddie » Mon 9th Oct 2017 04:02 pm

Legal cannabis cultivation in Netherlands to test organized crime impact

By Janene Pieters on October 9, 2017



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Impression of a cannabis plantation. (Cannabis Training University/ Wikimedia)


The new Dutch government is planning an experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation, to see if this legal cultivation will decrease organized crime and increase the safety of cannabis in the country. In the experiment, the government will give one organization a government license to grow cannabis, which will be distributed in six to 10 municipalities, RTL Nieuws reports.

Which organization will grow the government cannabis, and how exactly will be handled, is not yet clear. Municipalities can sign up for the experiment. The intention is that mainly large and medium sized municipalities take part.

Under current Dutch law, it is legal for coffeeshops to sell cannabis, but it is illegal to buy and cultivate the drugs, according to RTL. In practice it means that coffeeshops buy their supply through criminals, which presents a lot of danger and problems.

In addition to decreasing organized crime, the new government also hopes that this legally cultivated weed will have benefits for public health. Illegally grown cannabis may contain harmful substances, as no one regulates it.

This experiment can be considered a breakthrough. Dutch municipalities have long been advocating for experimenting with regulated cannabis cultivation. The four parties in the government formation process are divided on the issue. The D66 has always been for regulating this. The VVD always spoke out against it in parliament, though a majority of VVD members voted for regulated cultivation at the party congress last year. The two Christian parties - CDA and ChristenUnie - are against it, saying that the government must do everything in its power to keep addictive substances out of society, according to RTL.


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Re: Legal cannabis cultivation in Netherlands to test organized crime impact

Post by Fat_old_dwarf » Mon 9th Oct 2017 07:55 pm

notsofasteddie wrote:
Mon 9th Oct 2017 04:02 pm
In addition to decreasing organized crime, the new government also hopes that this legally cultivated weed will have benefits for public health. Illegally grown cannabis may contain harmful substances, as no one regulates it.
No shit, Sherlock.

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Re: Legal cannabis cultivation in Netherlands to test organized crime impact

Post by Pierre von Mondragon » Tue 10th Oct 2017 09:32 pm

I thought everything would go to fuck if the bloody Christians got in, so bizarre to see that they are even testing going legit. The pragmatic streak won't let the Dutch fall behind the US and Canada in global weed market leadership, or something remarkably sane, anyway

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Re: Legal cannabis cultivation in Netherlands to test organized crime impact

Post by Marok21 » Sat 14th Oct 2017 11:22 pm

Well that sounds pretty good but there are a few things that are still unclear:

Will they make a THC limit? like only weed with less than 15%...
Will they give licenses for growing to big companies or to small growers...?
Will there only be a few strains available?
What will happen to the imported hashes?
Will tourists be still allowed to buy cannabis, too?
and well there are more questions :lol:

I mean it is a step in the right direction but if they really want to regulate the cannabis market they have to be carefull
that things are not done halfway otherwise it will make only other problems... like a black market for stronger weed (when they
would make a limit for THC content).

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