Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam does not see the current design of the experiment with the cultivation of regulated cannabis. If Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus (Justice and Security, CDA) does not change it, Rotterdam is unlikely to participate. This is what Aboutaleb writes in a letter to the minister.
The intention is that between six and ten municipalities participate in the test of bad weeds, that was remembered with the formation of the government. Aboutaleb thinks very little, he writes in the letter: "Rotterdam wants to see the expanded experiment to include more municipalities and more types of experiments."
The mayor of Rotterdam does not see anything with the condition that all the cafeterias have to participate in the participating municipalities and have serious doubts about what will happen when the experience of four years has finished. If there is no continuation, coffee shops may have to buy soft drugs from criminals again.
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In Rotterdam there are almost forty coffees at the moment. Aboutaleb wants new coffeeshops to reach the city's edge especially for the experiment and that current coffeeshops simply continue on the current footing. For example, one can compare better, he writes in his letter: "Will the new sales outlets play a significant role?" It emphasizes in principle that it is strongly in favor of experimenting with a form of regulated culture.
We have had discussions about the regulation of cannabis cultivation for decades. Sales are tolerated, but large-scale production and delivery is prohibited.
Less and less enthusiasm
However, enthusiasm for the bad-tempered judgment seems to spoil more and more. At the beginning of October, Mayor Halsema of Amsterdam stated that he was no longer confident in the current design of the test. Like Aboutaleb's, she fell on the demand for justice that all the coffeeshops in the city (about 160, the largest in the Netherlands) have to participate in the experiment. This would lead to large fluctuations in the illegal market.
In addition, the variation of weed species in the current design of the experiment is very limited. There will be about fifteen to twenty legal species on the market, while hundreds of different varieties are already being sold in stores. With a very limited supply, Halsema fears that illegal street trade will increase.
Mayor Jorritsma of Eindhoven also filed his complaint about the experiment at a local council meeting yesterday. Hajia "would slow down" and will increasingly contain the conditions for the experiment. In Nijmegen there are doubts that the sale to foreigners is restricted. The municipality of Leeuwarden has already closed last week.