Dutch marijuana growing experiment runs into more delays

The experiment has been beset by problems
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Thursday, October 27, 2022

netherlands cannabis flagMarijuana growers who have been selected to take part in the government’s controlled cultivation trials said that they will not be ready to start early next year as the government intends, NRC reported. Nine of 10 firms have written to ministers about the problems and some have spoken to the paper directly about the issues. The experiment should have begun to 2021 but is now due to start in the second quarter of 2023. But the growers now say the end of next year is a more likely date. As yet, some of the growers have been unable to get a bank account because of bank concerns about money laundering and supporting criminal behaviour. High energy prices, delays on the supply side and problems with the track&trace system which will monitor where the marijuana products go and are sold are also causing difficulties.