Why Dutch mayors want to cultivate cannabis

'We have a bizarre system of banning and allowing cannabis at the same time'
The Independent (UK)
Monday, February 3, 2014

joint-regulation-conferenceIn a manifesto, mayors of cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht argue that the current laws allowing the sale but banning the cultivation of marijuana mean the nation’s cannabis cafés have to turn to illegal gangs for their supply, encouraging organised crime and wasting valuable police time dismantling unlawful plantations. The mayors are urging the government to take it a step further and let them grow cannabis too, as a global shift in favour of legalisation is leaving the once forward-thinking Netherlands lagging behind.