Legal to sell but not to grow?
What should be researched?
In the Netherlands, it is legal to sell cannabis in shops that are closely monitored by the authorities. There are regulations about how much quantity the shops can hold, but the growing of the products that are legally sold is not legal. This means that the finances of the industry are both shown and also hidden from authorities. How does the money flow in this half-legal situation, and why do authorities chose to keep the system as it is rather than making it fully legal?
Who is affected?
The loss of a tax base, the perpetuation of criminal behavior, the inefficient systems!
Why should this story be researched?
The current situation is supporting criminality and possibly corruption in the police.
Where does this story take place?
The Netherlands - the mysterious places where cannabis is grown.