KUBO and Peter Dekker Installaties are familiar names to medical cannabis growers in the US and Canada. However, the Dutch companies are quite unfamiliar amongst the Dutch MMJ growers. Not because of their activities, but simply because there is only one Dutch company allowed to grow cannabis for the medical market. Yesterday, Wouter Kuiper with KUBO and Jan Vellekoop with Peter Dekker Installaties visited the Dutch prime minister and urged a change of rules, to not let Netherlands miss out on this opportunity.
KUBO is active in turn-key greenhouse building. Peter Dekker Installaties supplies screening installations - crucial for a good yield. Over the last couple of years, they saw the percentage of their turnover coming from the legalised cannabis market increase to dozens of percents.
According to the suppliers, also growers from the Westland could increase their turnover by fivefold up to almost 40 billion euros a year. "Currenlty there's overproduction in the Dutch horticultural industry - and we're competing with other European and African countries. The moment is there for Dutch growers to find a product that they can make some money with", Wouter says.
His view is supported by Marco Smit, growing chrysanthemum with Arcadia Chrysanten. "We have all the knowledge to make it a good product. The only challenge is the regulations."
Bringing knowledge abroad
Since it is not permitted in the Netherlands to grow medicinal cannabis on a large scale, growers and their suppliers bring their knowledge and skills abroad. To Canada, for example, where recreational use is legalised and the cannabis industry is growing enormously. "It's not an easy market", Jan Vellekoop says. "You have to do courses, have permits and apply to al the regulations." But Dutch expertise is desperately needed. "We can do it, and it's such a shame it can't be done in the Netherlands."