NL: First adult-use cannabis experiment plants have been planted

On his social media, Ernst Kuipers (the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare, and Sport) announced that the first plants that are part of the Dutch weed experiment have officially been planted. 

Last week, one of the Dutch growers of the government-regulated experiment planted the first adult-use cannabis plants. In the near future, more growers will start their production, officially kick-starting the four-year experiment.

Currently, it is illegal to produce or supply cannabis in The Netherlands while sales are being tolerated. The government uses this experiment to determine the possible benefits of a legal and regulated market. The experiment's goal is for growers to supply coffee shops with quality controlled cannabis and to see the effects of legalization on crime, public health, and prevention.

The experiment includes a total of ten growers in ten municipalities. At the end of 2024, the government will decide how to move further based on the experiment's developments. 

Source: Instagram @ernstkuipers

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