Dutch cannabis experiment might start before growers are ready

The experiment with the legal sale of cannabis can begin even if not all selected growers can supply enough. That is what Health Minister Kuipers said in the Lower House. "If there is sufficient capacity, but not yet from all growers, then we think we can start."

There are many questions in the Chamber about the slow way in which the experiment with the legal supply and purchase and sale of cannabis is getting underway: there are many delays, and each time steps seem to take longer than planned. Kuipers said the cabinet really wants to make sure it is a success. "We find it extremely annoying that this experiment already has such a long run-up," he said.

Second quarter 2023
The government now assumes that the actual trial will start in the second quarter of next year. From then on, coffeeshops in a limited number of municipalities will be allowed to sell cannabis legally. The experiment should make clear what the effect of legal cannabis is on crime, safety, and public health.

One of the problems growers face is that banks sometimes do not want to give them an account. Justice Minister Yesilgöz called it important for banks to test businesses to prevent fraud and money laundering. "But if a grower is refused only because he is participating in the cannabis experiment, that is not possible."

Source: www.nos.nl

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