Historic Cannabis Cultivation Law Proposal Voted in Dutch Parliament
We all know that Amsterdam is more than famous for the city’s coffee shops that bring thousands of tourists and make their stay perfect. Well, the country again proved its popularity through a historic vote that happened yesterday in Hague. The Dutch Parliament voted in favor of a law proposal which will add cannabis cultivation to the country’s quite popular tolerance policy.
The Actual Vote
The voting was tighter than expected – 77 voted in favor, while 72 against. So imagine 5 people made the difference. The Law proposal was passed under D66 with a narrow majority. PvdA, SP, Groen Links, 50 Plus, Party for the Animals, Kuzu /Ozturk, Bontes/Van Klaveren, Van Vliet, Klein, Houwers and Monasch voted in favor while VVD, CDA, PVV, the Christian Union and SGP voted against. I can’t imagine what the discussions were like.
The Law Itself
The legislation will remove the grey area that has opened between licensed cannabis sales and illegal cultivation and should also introduce strict quality control. This dispute is known as the “backdoor problem” and is probably the biggest paradox in the whole Dutch cannabis policy. Basically, coffee shops are allowed to sell marijuana under very strict conditions, but any wholesale that is buying, or producing and cultivating is strictly prohibited from doing so. In general, regulation of cannabis cultivation is a step closer because the proposal basically states that under certain conditions, that need to be met, marijuana could be grown and purchased legally. Of course, the cultivation process will be controlled by the government.
The Fight is Not Over
Don’t get too excited yet! This law proposal has been just approved in the Lower chamber and still needs to go through the Senate before it becomes an official law. The paths are now opened and the parliament just needs to finish the good idea. We can just keep our fingers crossed for our friends in the Netherlands and wish them to win this fight!