Reefer Madness in Dutch Parliament
Legal For 40 years, the government has been turning a blind eye regarding how cannabis is supplied to the famous Dutch coffeeshops – until this week!
A majority of MPs now seem likely to back a draft legislation from the Dutch Liberal Democratic Party. The new law could potentially regulate the cultivation of cannabis to supply coffeeshops. But as expected, there seems to be a bit of a “Reefer Madness” mood around the proceedings.
The so-called “backdoor problem” is the biggest paradox of the Dutch cannabis policy: coffeeshops are allowed to sell cannabis under strict conditions, but wholesale buying, production, and cultivation are strictly prohibited.
The bill will remove the grey area between illegal cultivation and licensed cannabis sale and will also introduce quality controls.
The main opposition comes from the far right as well as from Christian parties. The latter seem to have a strong belief that cannabis is the Devil’s drug. Reefer Madness indeed!
The final debate was held on February 14th.