Legal Commercial Cannabis Cultivation In Netherlands
The Dutch are known for their windmills, canals and of course “coffee shops.” These establishments, where tourists may join Dutch citizens in conversation or partake in smoking a joint, have been a hallmark of the country since the 1970’s. The sale and consumption of cannabis are already legal and regulated in the Netherlands, but growing cannabis is illegal at the commercial level. Currently, it is illegal to cultivate more than five cannabis plants at once for recreational use.
The Dutch police are regularly discovering and destroying large commercial-scale cannabis growing operations.
These illegal enterprises continue to pop up due to the current five plant restriction. An increase in tourist demand means business owners need more cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands. Many agree that the best way to restrict the black market is through targeted cannabis policy reform. Policy flexibility is key when it comes to the ever evolving cannabis laws around the world. California’s legislature recently introduced a bill that would lower cannabis taxes in the state in order to minimize the economic impact of the cannabis black market.
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