Belgium: Quasi-legal cannabis plantations

Belgium: Quasi-legal cannabis plantations

In early May, a law took effect in the Netherlands that allows owners of legalized cannabis cafés in the southern Netherlands to sell the substance only to Dutch residents, no longer to foreigners. Now Belgium’s first cannabis club is enjoying a membership boom.

The possession of marijuana was decriminalized in Belgium over a decade ago, a ruling that sparked the creation of the Cannabis Social Club “Trekt Uw Plant” (“Grow Your Plant”). The club has established a collective cannabis plantation, where each member is allowed to harvest several times a year. Both recreational and medical marijuana users praise the model as a way of avoiding the illegal drug trade – but the club remains a source of controversy.

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