Dutch cannabis policy example of ‘how not to do it’, says German minister

The Netherlands is currently investigating ways of removing the grey area between licenced cannabis cafes or coffee shops and illegal growing
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Thursday, April 13, 2023

coffeeshop3Germany is legalising cannabis use, with the Dutch policy as an example ‘of how not to do it’, German health minister Karl Lauterbach has told broadcaster NOS. Coffee shops, where the Dutch can buy cannabis in limited quantities for private use, are not part of the German plans which include allowing people to grow their own small amount of cannabis at home, or obtain it via non-commercial associations. Germany is also looking at the possibility of commercial cannabis plantations. The Dutch combination of legal sale and consumption and black market production ‘is a sum of disadvantages’, he said.