This LeLi Holland cooperation website addresses different issues in Dutch for the outline of a research-pilot aimed at providing a valid cannabis-label and providing Camulet-policy implementation in cooperation with municipalities and research-institutes. Such as methodology, aspects with Good Agricultural Practise (GAP), considerations about the weed-bill initiative from the D66 liberal democrats, but also contains the reflections of different opiumlaw solicitors about research on a curious ‘loophole’ within the law and the lack of a valid cannabis-label for hash and weed in the coffeeshops.
The website serves as background information for municipalities and also the reactions throughout The Netherlands on the cooperative research proposal will be updated and monitored.
The tradition of the allowance of Dutch coffeeshops has made the sale and consumption of cannabis possible, and has been able to separate the harddrugs market from the softdrugs market. However even though cannabis is known as a psychoactive substance there has never been solid product information on cannabinoids, acids and terpenes (mg/g) per gram of cannabis provided by the coffeeshops, due to it’s current legal ‘clandestine’ status, so consumers are not optimally informed about the substance they are taking from an ‘informed consent’ perspective, as some do have worries with the issue of dependancy specially among youngsters or damage done due to the use of additives such as pesticides as a consequence of the uncontrolled growing of weed. The issue of allowing the sales but not the production of cannabis has been addressed in national and residential Dutch politics many times, but never from an coffeeshop-practice based research perspective in synergy with a chemical analytical approach; thus quality-control.
The mission of the LeLi Holland cooperation as an social enterprise to inform and facilitate the local government about the legal and research possibilities is aimed at the implementation of policy for responsible cannabis-production, consumption and the diminishing of possible health problems. The approach to address these issues is by initiating a scientific research for the providing of controlled grown and labelled cannabis for the sales in Dutch coffeeshops under an opiumexemption from the Dutch Health Department. For such a research the LeLi Holland social enterprise is seeking support and cooperation with different municipalities, so the problem of an uncontrolled supply to coffeeshops can be addressed and dealt with within the legal possibilities of the Dutch opiumlaw, specially article 3b nr 2, the Camulet-law (camulet is old-fashioned for peacepipe). This specific article points out to an exemption; while advertising for psycho-active substances under the opiumlaw is not allowed, providing information for medical or scientific purposes with psycho-active substances is allowed. This explicit exemption within the law, a loophole as some would call it, has never been implemented in Dutch research on coffeeshop and cannabis-policy however.
The core business of LeLi Holland cooperation in short: ‘To facilitate cooperative controlled grown cannabis to make a valid sampling for laboratory analysis possible for the providing of solid ingredient-information with dosage directions and user-risks at the allowed sales of cannabis
The cooperation was initiated by Leon Lichtendahl, a care and social work ‘veteran’ from Drenthe-region, known locally from some publications on drugpolicy.
-Drs. Hester Kooistra, humanistic researcher, advises Members of Parliament, foundations, entrepreneurs and LeLi Holland about developments in science and cannabispolicy.
-James Burton is the founder of Stichting Medical Marijuana (SIMM), the first legal grower of medical cannabis in the Netherlands and provided to TNO research Institute, University of Leiden and Dutch pharmacies. His groundbreaking work for Good Agricultural Practise & Good Manifacturing Practise is an important inspiration for the controlled grown cannabis aimed by LeLi Holland.