Netherlands Closer To Marijuana Legalization, Bill Allows People To Grow Weed

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Feb. 22 2017, Updated 10:46 a.m. ET

Famous for its loose policy on the use of marijuana, the Netherlands just took another step toward making it easier to get the plant. On Tuesday, the Dutch lower house of parliament voted in support of a bill to decriminalize cannabis cultivation.

After much public and political debate, the lower house approved the marijuana cultivation bill by a narrow 77 to 72 vote. D66 party member Vera Bergkamp, who introduced the new legislation, said the measure is “an important step” towards a safer marijuana product and reduction of criminal activity.

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“One of my main motivations is to reduce as much as possible the risks to public health by regulating the cultivation can impose requirements on the production and hence on the quality,” Bergkamp said, as cited by United Press International. “Another important point is that we achieve the cultivation [for] coffee shops … and thus remove trade for organized crime.”

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