MJ Biz Report
A pilot program to allow the limited cultivation and distribution of recreational cannabis in the Netherlands has been hit with another major delay.
The program, which is supposed to involve 10 cannabis cultivators supplying dozens of stores, was originally intended to launch in 2020.
But that plan was delayed to 2022, and the latest delay has the program expecting to kick off in the second quarter of 2023, according to a ministerial letter to parliament about the experiment.
The stores, known as coffee shops, currently operate in a system where sales are legally tolerated but marijuana cultivation has been prohibited.
“Unfortunately, it has now become apparent that starting in 2022 is no longer realistic,” the letter notes.
“The selection procedure of the remaining growers is taking longer than expected, and some growers are having trouble securing a location.”
The Netherlands has been laying the groundwork for the pilot program for almost four years.