"If we join forces and get an opportunity, we'll be able to catch up with Canada very quickly"

Dutch cannabis sector feels obstructed by 'state monopoly'

The cannabis sector in Canada is flourishing (also by legally permitted recreational use in Canada itself) as well as Dutch horticultural suppliers. So far, nothing new. Kees Valstar, Henk Verbakel and Laura Rastovac stated their opinion in an article in De Volkskrant. They hope there will be room for the development of the cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands. The possible offer for two plots of medicinal cannabis in the Netherlands could be a first step.

In the summer of 2018, the offer was withdrawn, to which followed complaints from Canadian candidates about a procedure ‘adapted for the current Bedocran licensee’. Until now, Bedocran is the only company in the Netherlands to have cannabis cultivation rights.

Kees Valstar, together with two partners who want to set up a medicinal cannabis nursery in the Westland province, is eagerly awaiting an opportunity to be allowed to grow cannabis as well. He is in favor of more competition, incidentally just like Bedocran founder and CEO Tjalling Erkelens. In a previous statement, he also indicated that he was in favor of competition, which would allow him to supply higher quality cannabis at lower prices.


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