Dutch MPs Vote to Approve Cannabis Cultivation for First Time

The Dutch lower house of parliament has narrowly voted to approve the cultivation of cannabis. 

The bill would exempt professional growers working within certain conditions from punishment.

But it is not yet law, as it must also get majority support from the Senate.

Buying small amounts of cannabis at so-called coffee shops has long been tolerated in the Netherlands, but cultivating and selling it to the coffee shops is illegal.

Coffee shops often fall back on supplies from criminal networks.

Tuesday's bill was put forward by an MP for the liberal party, D66, which has long supported a relaxation in the law. It passed with 77 votes to 72, despite the public prosecutor raising concerns legalising cultivation would put the Netherlands in contravention of international law.

The department of health has also been critical.

But it is thought unlikely to get through the Senate, or First Chamber, if the vote...

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