Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

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Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

Post by notsofasteddie » Tue 21st Feb 2017 01:48 pm

Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

By Janene Pieters
February 21, 2017


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On Tuesday the lower house of Dutch parliament is voting on a D66 proposal that will put an end to the Netherlands' policy that cannabis may be sold in the country, but not cultivated. The law for regulated cannabis cultivation is very controversial, but seems to be able to count on a narrow majority of 76 votes, according to the Telegraaf.

This very narrow majority is the result of years of political debates on the matter. The majority was reached in September last year, when parliamentarians Louis Bontes and Joram van Klaveren of VNL expressed their support. This means that, if all parties vote like they said they would, the D66, PvdA, SP, GroenLinks, 50Plus, PvdD and VNL will vote for the law. VVD, CDA, PV, ChristenUnie and SGP will vote against it.

The law is officially called the Closed Coffeeshop Chain Act. It states that professional growers who keep to a set of strict conditions may be granted a permit to cultivate cannabis. This means they can not be criminally prosecuted for their cannabis crop. Supporters of the law hope that it will reduce crime currently associated with cannabis production.

Vera Begkamp (D66) called today an exciting day. "It is very important that we get a majority for our initiative bill to regulate cannabis production", she said to the Telegraaf. "If the bill makes it, we break a deadlock that's lasted far too long and we and we accommodate all those mayors, municipalities and Dutch who want to get rid of the current skew tolerance policy where you can sell weed, but cannot grow or buy it."


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Post by notsofasteddie » Tue 21st Feb 2017 05:07 pm

Dutch MPs vote to legalize cannabis farming

By Dries Arnolds
February 21, 2017



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A narrow majority of Dutch parliament members voted to allow the cannabis cultivation, a move that further liberalizes a somewhat cumbersome drug policy where the selling of cannabis is tolerated but buying it abs growing it are illegal. Just 77 MPs out of 150 voted in favor of the proposal brought forward on Tuesday by centrist party D66.

The rule must still pass the Senate, or Eerste Kamer. It is not clear if a majority exists in favor of the law change in the Senate.

The goal of the proposal is to reduce organized crime across the cannabis industry, something many mayors in southern and eastern municipalities have requested from parliament.

Further regulation of the industry should allow better controls on the harvesting of cannabis, guaranteeing adherence to safe practices. It is also suspected that those who grow and sell the drug could become more likely to pay income tax on their business profits.


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Re: Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

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Dutch MPs vote in favour of regulated marijuana cultivation


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February 21, 2017


A narrow majority of MPs on Tuesday backed new legislation which would regulate marijuana cultivation under government control.

The vote, by 77 to 72, would allow cannabis cafe owners to buy their produce from licenced growers who produce the marijuana in a closed system.

The bill, drawn up by D66 MP Vera Bergkamp, was backed by Labour, GroenLinks, the Socialists and pro-animal PvdD as well as all the splinter parties. The VVD, PVV and three Christian parties in parliament voted against.

Bergkamp hopes that introducing licenced marijuana production will remove the grey area between illegal cultivation and licenced cannabis cafes or coffee shops, where small amounts of marijuana can be bought for personal use.

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Dozens of local councils in the Netherlands have endorsed a manifesto calling for the cultivation of cannabis to be legalised and regulated, and 25 have applied to the minister of justice for permission to experiment with legal growth and supply.

The police dismantled 5,856 marijuana plantations in 2015, or nearly 16 a day, the NRC said in July. However, police estimate this is only one fifth of the total, the paper said.

However, despite support in the lower house of parliament, there is no guarantee the legislation will actually become law because it does not have majority backing in the upper house of parliament.


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Research by Radboud University last year said legalising cannabis production would have benefits for public health and human rights. The study found that illegal cannabis production was linked to criminal violence, fires, environmental and noise pollution and the spread of legionella bacteria.

The public prosecution department opposes the move, saying it conflicts with international treaties.

In addition, it said, most of the marijuana grown in the Netherlands is destined for abroad, and regulated production will not have an impact on this.


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Re: Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

Post by Comus » Tue 21st Feb 2017 09:37 pm

not sure if this is good or bad ..... i guess it's a step toward addressing the backdoor policy of coffeeshops ..... but what will the effect be in reality i wonder :|
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Re: Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

Post by MJ420 » Wed 22nd Feb 2017 07:02 am

I think it will lead to a better product.

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Post by notsofasteddie » Wed 22nd Feb 2017 12:21 pm

Dutch parliament adopts weed cultivation law; still has to go through Senate

By Janene Pieters
February 22, 2017


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On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, voted in a legislative proposal by the D66 that makes the cultivation and transportation of cannabis in hashish legal under strict conditions. Now it has to pass through the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, though it is uncertain whether the bill will make it.

Five parties voted against the bill in the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday, according to the Volkskrant. They are the VVD, CDA, SGP and ChristenUnie. With one MP of the ChristenUnie not present, that brought 72 votes against the bill, against 77 for. But while this group of parties only just don't have a majority in the Tweede Kamer, in the Eerste Kamer they have do - they hold 39 of the 75 seats in Senate. If the D66's bill was sent to the Eerste Kamer today, it would very likely be voted down.

But passing through the Tweede Kamer is still a very important step. If nothing else, it is a sign that this long-ongoing movement in society now gained real political momentum. As D66 parliamentarian Vera Bergkamp pointed out after the vote - this issue has been under discussion for some 40 years, and now for the first time a parliamentary majority took concrete steps.

According to the Volkskrant, the parties that voted for the law reflect a very wide group of society. From left-wing PvdA, SP and GroenLinks to the elderly in 50Plus. Law-and-order party VNL, DENK MP's, animal party PvdD and stand alones Roland van Vliet, Johan Houwers, Jacques Monasch and Norbert Klein all supported the bill. And of course the social liberals in the D66.

Another hopeful sign for those who support the regulated cultivation of cannabis, is the split running through current ruling party VVD. In the Tweede Kamer the largest party voted against the bill on Tuesday. And former Justice Ministers Ivo Opstelten and Ard van der Steur, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and VVD spokesperson Foort van Oosten are all vehemently against the law. But at the VVD congress in November an amendment was adopted that can change the party's course dramatically. The amendment stated that "the entire domain of and surrounding soft drugs should be rearranged". According to the newspaper, the broad movement within the VVD for "smarter regulation" is unmistakable.


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Re: Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

Post by Fat_old_dwarf » Wed 22nd Feb 2017 04:09 pm

notsofasteddie wrote:
Tue 21st Feb 2017 05:12 pm
The study found that illegal cannabis production was linked to criminal violence, fires, environmental and noise pollution and the spread of legionella bacteria.
No shit, Sherlock. Although that last one might leave some of us scratching our heads.

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Re: Dutch parliament to vote on regulated cannabis production today

Post by notsofasteddie » Tue 14th Mar 2017 09:10 pm

Former Dutch prison could become hub for cannabis cultivation

By Janene Pieters
March 14, 2017

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A group of Dutch entrepreneurs, united under the name Legal Cannabis Coalition (LCC), wants to cultivate cannabis in the former Breda prison known in Dutch as the Koepelgevangenis, television program Brandpunt reports. The entrepreneurs and their companies have no experience in cannabis cultivation, but hope to get their hands on a large part of the cannabis market.

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, recently decided to regulate cannabis cultivation through farming licenses.

The prison in Breda was closed three years ago and will soon be listed as for sale by the Dutch State Real Estate Company, according to Omroep Brabant. Over the next two years, starting entrepreneurs will be able to use it for a wide variety of activities.

A 50-year-old entrepreneur from Alphen aan den Rijn is the driving force behind LCC. The group plans to cultivate cannabis on a large scale and therefore have their eye on several locations.


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