L'Association des municipalités néerlandaises a publié un nouveau rapport mettant en évidence le problème de la production non réglementée de cannabis pour le marché noir et demande au gouvernement d'introduire un système d'autorisation de culture pour satisfaire pour les demandes des coffee shops. Pour en savoir plus, en anglais, veuillez lire les informations ci-dessous.

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The Dutch local authorities’ organisation VNG is calling on the government to sanction regulated marijuana production by introducing licences for growers.

The move is necessary to take marijuana out of the hands of organised crime and smugglers, the VNG says in a new report, previewed in the Volkskrant. All 393 local authorities in the Netherlands are members of the VNG.

Marijuana may be legally sold in small quantities in the Netherlands via licensed cafes, known as coffee shops, but the supply remains a grey area and in criminal hands.

‘The current situation cannot continue,’ the report states. ‘As local officials, we are experiencing major social problems.’

‘By turning a blind eye [to marijuana], the government is giving criminals free rein to sell their products. The cannabis industry is closely entwined with organised crime, which is also involved in ecstasy and human trafficking,’ the report says.

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