Marijuana sales are allowed in the Netherlands, but those merchants who provide it, such as local coffee shops, face a serious supply problem – it is still illegal to cultivate cannabis in the country. This major loophole leaves those attempting to operate legitimately still stuck relying on the black market. Now, multiple cities across the country are attempting to fix this conundrum.
At least 8 cities are submitting proposals for regulations for legally cultivating cannabis to the Dutch Justice Minister;
Amsterdam, Venlo, Zwijndrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, with others considering following suit. The city mayors are asking the government to allow them to experiment with the legal cultivation of cannabis, so they can supply coffee shops with cannabis legitimately, rather than requiring them to obtain it illegally.