Municipalities will over the next four years oversee the growth and supply
“The cabinet has decided… to start the cannabis cultivation experiment in such a way that it’s possible to measure its effect on criminality, safety, public disturbance and health,” it said in a statement.
Under the plan, the municipalities will over the next four years oversee the growth and supply to so-called cannabis cafes, dubbed coffee shops, which can then sell it to the public.
The Dutch decriminalized the sale of small amounts of cannabis — less than five grams — in 1976 and the law allows each person to legally grow five plants for personal use.
But the wholesale growing and sale of marijuana remains banned, forcing some 600 authorized owners of so-called “coffee shops” to buy from criminals to meet demand.
Cabinet will now appoint selected cannabis growers “and will ensure there are a sufficient number of cannabis varieties,” the statement said.
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