The campaign, lead by mayor Van Gijzel (Eindhoven), alderman Everhardt (Utrecht) and mayor Depla (Heerlen), is a direct response to the rejection of regulated cannabis cultivation by Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice).
Thursday, Opstelten wrote in a letter to the Lower House regulating cannabis cultivation is “legally impossible and also doesn’t solve any problems”.
According to Van Gijzel, the municipalities have to cooperate to make the minister change his mind.
The current system doesn’t work, leaving the mayors worried about the health risks that come with illegally cultivated cannabis and how the current system stimulates the rapid development of the criminal circuit.
Other municipalities that have submitted plans for regulated cannabis cultivation are Breda, Doetinchem, Enschede, Groningen, Haarlem, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Roermond, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Weert and Zwolle.