22 November 2008
EINDHOVEN – Though the farm will be under municipal supervision, the growing of marijuana will remain illegal.
The pilot experiment was agreed at a meeting of more than 30 Dutch municipalities aimed at discussing the sale of soft-drugs such as marijuana and hashish.
A number of mayors is unhappy about the ongoing drugs tourism attracted by coffee shops and the nuisance they cause. Two towns near the Belgian border recently closed all coffee shops.
Just before the summit, Amsterdam announced it was shutting 43 coffee shops which under new government norms are too close to schools.
The summit discussed the possibility of legalising the growing of weed, which is currently illegal, and ways of discouraging drugs tourism.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]