(courtesy NORML Foundation,
The Dutch Parliament narrowly
adopted a resolution this past Tuesday to allow regulated marijuana cultivation,
which the government hopes will curb the illicit export of marijuana, an
estimated $8.5 billion business.
Legislators passed the resolution
by a 73-72 vote. The resolution now awaits the cabinet's consideration,
which will likely come on Friday. Coffee shops in the Netherlands
are permitted to openly sell marijuana and hash, but it remains a crime
to grow marijuana.
"One of the main objectives
is to fight crime," said Labor Party parliamentarian Thanasis Apostolou,
who drafted the resolution. "By regulating the supply we would know who
is selling what and where it is going."
"The Dutch are clearly in
the lead in creating a more workable marijuana policy," said Allen St.
Pierre, Executive Director of the NORML Foundation. "This is in stark
contrast to the US, where most elected officials continue to look for new
ways to punish marijuana smokers."
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Issue #143, 6/30/00
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