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A small-scale trial for the supply of cannabis is due to start on 1 January 2021. The trial aims to find out whether it is possible to create a closed supply system for supplying and selling cannabis in coffeeshops. In the trial, growers with a special licence will be allowed to supply coffeeshops legally. The cannabis will be subject to quality controls. The closed system will exclude criminal activity from the supply chain.
A number of rules will apply to the trial:
- All coffeeshops in the participating municipalities will take part in the experiment.
- The administration of these coffeeshops and their suppliers has to be transparent and watertight.
- Market forces will determine the price and range of products available.
- The amount of active substances (THC and CBD) must be clearly indicated on the packaging.
- The coffeeshops sell these pre-packaged products as supplied by the growers.
This so-called weed experiment is expected to start on 1 January 2021.
Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in an official State publication (Staatsblad or the Staatscourant, in Dutch).