The Government of the Netherlands is looking for aspiring cannabis growers to participate in legal cannabis cultivation experiments. Applicants can apply between 1 and 28 July .
In recent months, the Netherlands has decided to set up a cannabis cultivation experiment to supply the country’s coffee shops with legal cannabis. The current peculiarity of the Dutch coffeeshops is that they have both the right to distribute cannabis but no legal source to supply themselves. The government has so far been working on the conditions and requirements that will apply to producers, coffeeshop owners, the municipalities that will be part of the experiment, or the packaging of the products. Full regulations for the experiment are expected to be released later this month.
To apply, growers must be residents of the Netherlands or have a business in the Netherlands. They will also need a certificate of good conduct. A total of 10 growers will be selected in a process that will last approximately 6 months. Once the growers have been selected, the government will announce the deadlines within which “legal” cannabis will start to be sold in the participating coffee shops.
The government is also working on agreements regarding financial support for the 10 participating municipalities. Independent research will be organized to assess the effects of the experiment on security, public order, and public health.