“There will be a radical shift in marijuana policy in the Netherlands”, wrote Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad today. A majority of the House supports the D66 (Lib-Dems) proposal for the regulation of cannabis cultivation, the newspaper reported.
Wrongly reported Algemeen Dagblad that for the first time in the parliamentary history there’s a parliamentary majority for the regulation of cannabis cultivation. That, however, was already in 2001, but the then government refused to heed the vote of the House. Also in 2003 already showed a majority of Parliament for legalization, de Volkskrant led with it on April 22, 2003.
“We consider the proposal as an important step in the right direction, but it’s missing two aspects”
The big news is picked up by all the Dutch media and VOC Nederland (The Union for Abolition of Cannabis Prohibition) are receiving calls all day. With the publication of the D66 bill for regulation in February 2015, the VOC commented in a press release. “We consider the proposal as an important step in the right direction, but it’s missing two aspects. First, a legal right to home cultivation for personal consumption and secondly, the Cannabis Social Club, where members can grow on non-commercial, cooperative basis cannabis and sharing. The recent breakthrough in Tilburg shows how easy it is to make arrangements for home cultivation.”
Apart from these observations after 23 September, it will anyway be remembered as an important milestone towards the end of cannabis prohibition in the Netherlands.
Whether the bill will actually be introduced and pass the Senate before the 2017 elections in March, is still unclear as of writing.