Taking part in the controlled cannabis supply chain experiment

The government wishes to initiate an experiment involving the cultivation and sale of cannabis for recreational use. Participating parties must meet a number of conditions.

Municipalities and coffee shops

All coffee shops located in a participating municipality will be obliged to take part in the experiment, and they will only be permitted to sell regulated cannabis. Current rules will continue to apply: minors under 18 are barred from coffee shops and the maximum purchase of cannabis per customer is five grams.

Detailed rules and conditions for the experiment are expected to be set out by the autumn of 2018. At that point municipalities will be able to officially express an interest in participating. The Knottnerus committee will advise the Minister for Healthcare and the Minister of Justice and Security about which municipalities can take part (max. 10) and the ministers will then make the final decision.

Cannabis growers

The Minister for Healthcare and the Minister for Justice and Security will select five to ten growers. The plan is to appoint the growers by ministerial order, following a licensing procedure. This procedure will take place once the order in council governing the experiment has entered into force. The criteria and the procedure for selecting and appointing growers will be set out in greater detail in the order in council. A timeframe will be established during which interested parties can apply, after which applicants will be assessed to determine whether they meet the criteria. The government agrees with the committee’s projection that growers will need at least a year to prepare.