Amsterdam, March 9 2015 – Minister Ivo Opstelten and State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice Teeven (both VVD, Liberal Party), responsible for the weedpass and recent growshop law debacle have resigned today in a press conference, as multiple Dutch media and Reuters report.
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Opstelten said to bear the full responsibility for the confusion that arose on the settlement of the so-called Teevendeal. Secretary Teeven says he can no longer credibly work as Secretary of State.
[quote_right]This paves the way for cannabis legalization in the Netherlands, after years of struggling with Opstelten and Teeven blocking all progress whatsoever[/quote_right]
Today, more evidence arose that the Ministry of Security and Justice had paid 4.7 million gulden (about 2 million euros) to hash baron Cees H., the so-called Teevendeal. Opstelten said earlier to the House that he did not know how much was paid and that there was no evidence of the deal.
Opstelten: “During a long period of uncertainty surrounding this settlement, I take my responsibility and so I just offered my resignation to the king.”.
Retiring Secretary Teeven said he can no longer credibly operate. “This is not only formal. This is because the minister should resign because of the Teevendeal.”
This paves the way for cannabis legalization in the Netherlands, after years of struggling with Opstelten and Teeven blocking all progress whatsoever. For more news on this subject, make sure to follow Dutch legalization cannabis organization VOC Nederland on Twitter.
Dutch justice minister Opstelten, who did so much damage to cannabis policy, has resigned tonight, clearing the way for further regulation.
— VOC Nederland (@vocnederland) 9 maart 2015