The United Communist Party (VCP) in the municipality of Oldambt wants to regulate the home growing of medicinal cannabis through a convenient like in the city of Tilburg.

The VCP requested at a political meeting on Monday night that the mayor will inform with the local prosecution office and the police how to regulate the home growing of medicinal cannabis within the municipality-borders. The VCP directs towards the example in Tilburg where the mayor initiated a covenant before.

According to the VCP medicinal cannabis has gained acceptance. ‘Many people benefit form it, like in the form of weed oil. The use of this has had explosive increase lately’, the VCP stated.

The VCP finds it unexplainable that health insurances don’t cover medicinal cannabis, while there has been many scientific studies who show the efficacy of cannabis as medicine. ‘The herb is in fact a medicine. It’s a nature’s product which everybody should use.’ The VCP stated that medicinal cannabis is not to  be compared with weed form the coffeeshop, cause medical cannabis won’t get you that high and is not addictive. People with chronic pain can function better when using cannabis and saves costs for society as well, which is a pre in an expensive care-society.

It’s totally unheard of that people who grow cannabis at home for medicinal reasons are harassed by the police, who could do other things instead cause other police work is left behind.

The VCP things it’s time that the municipality regulated the home growing of medicinal cannabis on a save way looking at the quality as well. ‘We have to listen to experiences of doctors and the call of the people who benefit from cannabis as medicine, and have proof of the efficacy. We should regulate that within the municipality borders’ Mayor Smit promised to elaborate a vision on medicinal home grow policy for the municipality of Oldambt in a statement. Thus, to be continued…

Source: 30 may: dvhn.nl

In February there was a majority in Dutch parliament for a law to regulate the growing of weed fort he coffeeshops. Than weed can be bought with certified growers and there will be quality-control so it’s also clear what consumers smoke besides THC. The politician responsible fort his is Vera Bergkamp of D66, the liberal democrat party. It’s not quite sure yeti f this weed law will pass through the Senate. That’s way a journalist of VICE talked to Vera.

Vera forgot what she did on 420 when VICE asked her, nothing to do with cannabis at least.

VICE: What problem she wants to solve with thee weed law? -Vera: The most important motivation is that about 500.000 cannabis consumers don’t know what they are smoking. It’s the only product what’s allowed to be sold without knowing the ingredients. Secondly because the growing and transport is not allowed a big illegal market appeared with a enormous cash-flow. She spoke to many coffeeshop owners who would like to see things change. Also she got a lot of support from mayors and municipalities, it’s an important momentum. The mayors will be responsible fort he volume of the certified growing, but the Ministry of Health will issue the permits. The exact criteria will still have to be formulated though, first the law has to pass the Senate. The Senate have filed their questions, these first have to be answered and there could be a second round with questions also.If the Senate have all the information they need there will be a vote, that’s the procedure.

VICE: Coffeeshops don’t want light weed and if the allowed THC level will be to low people go  tot he streets isn’t it? -Vera: there has to be diversity in the supply, there has to be be an agreement about this cause we don’t want a big illegal street market of course.

VICE: How long will it take till we are allowed to grow yourselves? -Vera: there is an implementation period in the law, and it could still take years, the whole chain has to prepare for a shift from an illegal to an allowed context. Lots will depend of the position of the VVD, the democrat party who had a amendment for clever regulation on their congress, but during the parliamentary procedure they filed nothing about this though, so it’s not quite clear what their exact position is and will be.

Source: may 18: vice.com

Michiel van Nispen MP of the Socialist Party issued parliamentary questions the Minister of Security and Justice on april the fourth about raids by the police with home growers. On may 16 these were answered by Minister Stef Blok and again as usual the answers a quite formal.

The separate questions were about tree cases where the police used brute force during the raids. One was about a traumatised family in the upper north of Holland, where the parents were taken in custody and the children left at home alone by the Police. But the Minister quoted the verdict and stated that the Police force was impressive, but not over the top. That these growers had an agreement years ago with the tax office paying taxes for growing weed was not taken over by the court, so according to the Minister there was not an idealistic motive but a focus for financial gain instead.
The second was about a home grower from Emmen, in the east of Holland, when there was a big Police force raiding the house of a woman, growing weed for her own use, again the Minister downplayed the shape of the police force stating that no Police helicopers were used.
The third case form Middelburg in the south was about an MS patient who had three weed-plants in the garden for his own medical stash and during a search the police found 364 grams of ready to use weed and later after he had to leave his house cause of this quantity after a request of the Mayor. The public prosecutor decided to drop the case against the MS patient under probation in the end the Minister replied.

The Socialist Party also asked if the police makes an educated guess if a case concerns a small home grower who grows for his or her personal use or a large scale commercial grow operation. The Minister replied that with 5 plants or less they will be confiscated and no charges will be pressed. Mostly because of anonymous tips the police investigates a certain location and then decide to do a raid or not. But for the police there is no difference if it’s a small or big grow operation, they are both illegal and can be a tread fort he public safety according to Minister Blok.

Source: may 16 tweedekamer.nl

If the government eases the condonance policy or restricts it, the illegal growing will continue, according to public civil servants of the Ministry of Health and Safety & Justice.

The public civil servants looked at three scenario’s for future Dutch cannabis policy. In the first scenario sales and growing will be regulated, in the second the current condonance policy will be eased from coffeeshops towards growing weed. The last scenario the sales and the growing will be forbidden totally. Wit hall the scenario’s the public civil servants expect a minor effect on the illegal growing of weed. Under the current situation only a small part of the illegal grown harvest gets to the coffeeshops, the main part is targeted for export, and that market is not about to change.

Last February the Dutch parliament voted for the condoning of growing weed, but according tot he public civil servants that scenario will bring the most insecurities, because it doesn’t coincide with new legislation. According to the public civil servants if the cannabis growing would be regulated or legalised that would mean extra work, e.g every harvest (seven to eight times on a yearly basis) (?) would have to be quality-checked, and growers and sellers would have to keep up a strict administration.

Source may 10: trouw.nl