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Netherlands pushing for further legalization of cannabis

  • Source:http://www.oushinet.com/
  • Release on :2018-01-31
                 Netherlands pushing for further legalization of cannabis

In some ways, the Netherlands has always been considered a hemp of marijuana. Because the coffee shop on the roadside is allowed to sell cannabis. But so far, large-scale cultivation of cannabis has been banned by law. However, a newly adopted draft law in the Netherlands will change that situation, and cannabis wholesale and mass cultivation of cannabis will be legalized.

According to the Netherlands NOS radio station, in a 150-seat parliament, 77 parliamentary representatives voted in favor of the proposal and 72 voted against it. Vera Bergkampf, a D66 member of the Dutch Democratic Party, took the lead in submitting the proposed law. However, the legal proposal still needs the consent of the first chamber of the Diet. It is estimated that it will not be possible to vote on the proposal before the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on March 15. In addition, the Netherlands is a coalition government, the negotiation process for this proposal will be very long and complicated.

The Netherlands has always been regarded as some form of cannabis paradise. The coffee shop is allowed to sell cannabis. During the hippie movement in 1976, the Netherlands lifted the ban on personal consumption of cannabis. Since then, it has been possible to buy small quantities of cannabis not exceeding 5 grams at a coffee shop while allowing for the production of not more than five cannabis plants, but wholesale cannabis is forbidden by law.

About 600 million coffee shops now sell up to hundreds of millions of euros a year in cannabis every year. Cafes therefore also attract tourists from abroad.

Under the new draft law, cannabis cultivation must be supervised by the State. Coffee shops that sell marijuana must strictly only allow the purchase from licensed producers. Bergkamp said: "If we know the origin of these marijuana, the quality standards of these products, which will be more conducive to the health of our citizens."

This proposal may help to fight drug crimes. In some ways, it will reduce coffee shopkeepers buying from criminals.

However, opponents of the proposal argue that the cultivation of cannabis is not in conformity with international laws and regulations and may lead to more young people becoming addicted to drugs. Many Dutch communities advocate the licensing of cannabis cultivation to prevent criminal gangs from controlling the production of cannabis.