What’s Next After The New Dutch Cannabis Cultivation Bill?
Cultivation In a landmark decision, the Lower House of the Dutch parliament voted last week in favour of adding cannabis cultivation to its famous tolerance policy. A move that would decriminalize the supply aspect of the coffeeshops.
This new Dutch cannabis cultivation bill would exempt professional growers from punishment, creating a closed system from the production to the consumption of cannabis. Not legalized, not regulated but tolerated under government control.
But who is going to supply coffeeshops? Big state-controlled companies like Bedrocan?
What about growers who are being criminalized because of the illegality of the plant? Are they going to be allowed to grow and become players in the new cannabis market?
The new law still has to be approved in the Senate. Based on what happened at the Lower House, the bill could be rejected. This means the issue could become a bargaining chip in discussions to form a new coalition after the Dutch elections on March 15, 2017.