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Netherlands Marijuana Cultivation Legalization Moves Forward

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The Netherlands has taken a step forward in legalizing marijuana cultivation. (Marcel Van Hoorn/AFP/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 04:26 PM

The lower house of parliament in the Netherlands passed a bill to make marijuana cultivation legal, although it passed narrowly, and must still pass the senate.

Marijuana is legal to sell in Dutch “coffee shops” with a license to sell it, but the actual production of supply is still illegal. It is also illegal to buy the plant from dealers, leaving sellers no legal way to get supplies even though it is legal to sell them.

The bill passed the lower house by a margin of only five votes, 77-72, UPI reported, and faces an uphill battle to pass in the senate. Additionally, Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not support legal marijuana cultivation.

Vera Bergkamo, who introduced the bill, said, “One of my main motivations is to reduce as much as possible the risks to public health ... regulating the cultivation can impose requirements on the production and hence on the quality. Another important point is that we achieve the cultivation [for] coffee shops ... and thus remove trade for organized crime,” UPI reported.

Marijuana is a controlled substance in the Netherlands, but small amounts up to 5 grams are covered under a “policy of tolerance” and are not prosecuted, while larger amounts are vigorously prosecuted, UPI reported.

“It is good news for the coffee shop industry because it will finally — if it passes the First Chamber — put an end to a lot of stuff we can’t organize in a normal and transparent way,” chairman of the Coffee Shop Union Joachim Helms said, The Telegraph reported.

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