Marijuana bud. /AFP.
The Dutch government announced this Friday that it will begin supplying famous “coffee shops” with legally produced marijuana in mid-December, in an experiment aimed at curbing crime and social problems.
Although the consumption of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in the kingdom since 1976, the cultivation and wholesale sale of marijuana remains prohibited, giving room for organized crime.
The cabinet said in a statement that the initial phase of the experiment will begin on December 15 in Breda and Tilburg in the south. Two legal producers must be prepared to supply these marijuana consumption facilities.
The experiment aims to investigate whether it is possible to produce, distribute, and sell marijuana in a regulated manner, control the quality of the drug, and analyze its impact on crime, public safety, and public health. Masu.
At least 10 locations will participate in the test, which was approved in 2019.
Most of the legal producers were selected in 2020, but a trial scheduled for 2022 had to be postponed due to production delays.
Some countries where marijuana is legal include: Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Canada, and some US states.