The growing and cultivation of up to 5 cannabis plants are allowed for Tilburg, Vlissingen, Heerlen, and Arnhem patients. Meanwhile, the municipality of Eindhoven has also said that they want to allow the home cultivation of medical cannabis. Patients of the municipalities, where cultivation is allowed, need to possess a medical certificate, as well as be of legal age.
Eindhoven is working on a new coffee shop policy. And if it is up to the D66 group there, this policy will also ensure that people from Eindhoven can grow medical cannabis at home. The national cannabis cultivation trial must start in 2021. During the experiment, legal cannabis growers will supply all coffee shops in participating municipalities. This is intended to combat crime related to illegal cannabis cultivation and to improve the quality of cannabis.
Eindhoven is not taking part in this test, but the municipality does want to review its coffee shop policy this year. The Eindhoven D66 fraction uses this intention to insist on legal home cultivation for medical cannabis, especially for patients with a medical certificate.
D66 refers to the city council and in the municipality of Tilburg, in the Netherlands, its citizens are allowed to grow medical cannabis at home. In 2016, Peter Noordanus, the mayor of Tilburg at the time, succeeded in drawing up a policy in consultation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the police. The neighboring city of Eindhoven is working on its own new policy that will ensure that residents will be allowed to grow medical cannabis in Eindhoven.
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Using the Tilburg model to promote medical cannabis in Eindhoven
Patients from Tilburg who want to grow their own cannabis have to meet a number of conditions. To start with, a maximum of 5 cannabis plants may be grown, a number of which patients must be able to handle very well. The plants cannot be higher than three meters, which should not cause any problems.
Furthermore, the grower must have a certificate for medical cannabis from a registered health care provider. The house, and especially the growing area, must be fire safe. Also, the power supply has to be legally and fire-safe connected.
The issues with medical cannabis in Eindhoven
The cannabis is strictly for personal use and may not be sold without a license. Professional or commercial cultivation is also not allowed and the grower must be of legal age.
The group also wants to achieve the same policy in Eindhoven. “D66 wants to make a case for allowing home cultivation for medical cannabis users, supported by a statement of a doctor,” according to D66 councilors Robin Verleisdonk and Marco van Dorst.
D66 particularly criticizes the fact that it is not possible for patients to buy a product in coffee shops that they can judge on quality and content. The current policy is aimed at coffeeshops selling cannabis from illegal growers. The D66-fraction of Eindhoven wrote a letter to the college of B and W in which they ask to include home cultivation for patients in the new coffeeshop policy.
What does Jorritsma think?
Eindhoven has been an advocate of a progressive cannabis policy for years. In 2008, the municipality wanted to set up its own cannabis nursery in order to reduce the number of illegal suppliers. But when Rob van Gijzel, the mayor of Eindhoven at the time, proposed it in 2008, he got little support from Prime Minister Balkenende.
Last year the government identified which municipalities want to participate in the cannabis experiment. The current mayor, John Jorritsma, denounced the many rules that the cabinet attached to the experiment. Jorritsma thinks that these rules hinder the goal.
The letter from the D66 party to the college calls on the mayor to let people know how he feels about his own proposal. The group hopes that Eindhoven will soon join Tilburg, Schagen, Hof van Twente and the other progressive municipalities.
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