07/03/2024  Aurélien BERNARD

Amsterdam will not be able to participate in the experimentation of legal cannabis

The lower house of the Dutch Parliament has rejected the addition of Amsterdam to the country's cannabis cultivation and distribution experiment, meaning the number of cities that will participate in the pilot's full launch this summer will remain at 10.

Parliament also rejected a motion tabled by the far-right PVV (Party for Freedom) to suspend the entire project. The experiment has already started in the cities of Breda and Tilburg , with a first observation phase of 6 months.

Mixed reactions to Parliament's decision

Femke Halsema, mayor of Amsterdam , has expressed concerns about the capital's exclusion from the cannabis cultivation pilot project . She criticized the parliamentary debate, saying it was “driven by inaccurate sentiment”. Despite this setback, the ten municipalities participating in the program are relieved, because the experience will continue for them.

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