Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb planning to off coffeeshops

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6 november 2017

Coffeeshops in Holland have always met the peoples demand by distributing cannabis. A job that has not been easy and always became harder to pull off. Our government gave us rules and laws that pushed our business for some part in grey areas. Many shops have had to close their doors. Only about half of the shops remain today. Working hard to stay squeeky clean and professionalize the business.

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Lately we’ve learned our newly chosen government is about to start a test in legalized cultivation of cannabis. Something the coffeeshop branch widely appreciates. Finally there’s a chance to step out of the grey area and get rid of the forced stressful inventory management. You’d think coffeeshops would be given a role in this future. That would be just, right? But the Rotterdam mayor Aboutaleb thinks differently. Check it out…

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Rotterdam plans to soon start growing its own “municipal weed”, mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said on Wednesday. The Rotterdam mayor already spoke to new Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus about participating in the new government’s regulated cannabis cultivation experiment. “I was one of the first mayors to talk to Minister of Justice Grapperhaus. We would love to be the first test municipality”, he said when announcing Rotterdam’s new cannabis policy in the city hall, AD reports.

Aboutaleb’s “municipal weed” plan has been ready for some time, according to AD. But Rotterdam was unable to implement it, because – until now – the national government was always against regulated cannabis cultivation.

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If it is up to the Rotterdam mayor, not only the production of cannabis will change in his city, but also the distribution. According to him, it is not at all obvious that coffeeshops will continue to be the main distribution point for cannabis. “The question is whether the phenomenon coffeeshop will still be needed in the future”, he said in the Rotterdam city hall on Wednesday. He thinks other forms of distribution will be better. “Order online, and then get it delivered by bona fide package deliverers. Or through a vending machine.”

In this way, the mayor hopes to be better able to guarantee the quality of cannabis. “With coffeeshops it is often not pure coffee”, he said, according to the newspaper.

Well thank you very much mr. Aboutaleb. Who’s fault is that? We shiver by the sight of this much injustice…

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