Netherlands: Cannabis test will be held in ten municipalities

Ten municipalities in the Netherlands are joining in on an experiment with state cannabis; ten is the maximum amount of participants that was discussed in the coalition agreement. Among the participating municipalities are Tilburg, Almere, and Breda. The experiment is supposed to start in 2021.

A commission helmed by professor Knottnerus will advise on the complete list of participating municipalities tomorrow. The cabinet is expected to follow the advice.

The big four will not participate
At the moment the cultivation and delivery of cannabis to coffee shops is prohibited, but sales are permitted, under certain conditions. The coalition agreement states that experiments will be carried out with the cultivation of weed by the state and delivery to coffee shops in six to ten municipalities.

The cabinet is now opting for ten. It had been clear for some time that the four major cities were not cooperating. Among other things, the requirement that all coffee shops must participate in a participating municipality was met with resistance.

Crime, safety and public health
The trial with growing state weed has entered the coalition agreement at the request of the political party D66. The aim of the experiment is to investigate whether and how quality-controlled weed can be supplied to coffee shops.

The effects on crime, safety, and public health will be examined. The House of Representatives approved the law that features this trial earlier this year. The Senate still has to approve the proposal.

Mayor Depla of Breda has been an advocate of the weed test for years. He also finds it important that the quality and price of the regulated weed is at least competitive with what is now offered in the shops.

"Otherwise street trading will occur with all the misery that entails. That is why good preparation with consumers and growers is very important," says Depla.

Source: NOS (Dutch)

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