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420 with CNW — Pilot Project for Marijuana Legalization Starts in Netherlands

For years, Dutch coffee shops have functioned in a system where cannabis sale was permitted, but its growth remained illegal. This led to a lack of transparency for consumers, leaving them unaware of the origins, growers and conditions under which the products they purchased were cultivated. However, that will soon change as the government initiates a marijuana legalization pilot project.

The initial phase of a closed-chain experiment, designed to deliver marijuana from legally sanctioned cultivation to coffee shops commenced on Dec. 15, 2023. The current timeline indicates that two authorized producers will be prepared to supply coffee shops in the final quarter of 2023. This development is substantial enough to initiate the preparatory phase of the pilot program, initially focused on Tilburg and Breda.

Participating coffee shops in Tilburg and Breda will have the opportunity to offer both legally produced marijuana and tolerated products sourced from the illicit market. Two additional producers are anticipated to commence their supply to coffee shops in these cities by February 2024. Tilburg and Breda’s mayors proposed the preliminary phase idea, which was approved by Justice and Security Minister Yeşilgöz-Zegerius and Health, Welfare, and Sports Minister Ernst Kuipers. The aim is to kick-start a modest-scale “experiment with legalized production and sales chain.”

According to reports from rijksoverheid.nl., the progress made during the preparatory phase will undergo continuous monitoring. In the event of a significant threat to security or public order, the preparatory phase may be prematurely terminated. The insights gained will be shared with all participating cities, contributing to the refinement of systems and processes for a seamless transition to the subsequent phase.

Expected to last a maximum of six months, the preliminary phase will give way to the transition phase. The earliest commencement for participating cities is projected to be by the end of the Q1 2024. During this stage, coffee shops in these cities will be authorized to offer both black-market and legally cultivated cannabis products. Subsequently, participating coffee shop proprietors will exclusively vend marijuana sourced from regulated crops. Legally produced marijuana will be packaged with a QR code, enabling consumers to access comprehensive information, including details about the product’s origin, cultivation time and the responsible company.

The entire experiment is earmarked for a four-year duration, culminating in a decision on whether to extend its implementation.

For companies such as Tilray Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) (TSX: TLRY) with operations in several countries on different continents, the experiment being undertaken in the Netherlands is of great interest because it could eventually open extra market opportunities to tap.

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