Nov 25th 2008 By Matt Glazebrook
The Netherlands is known for its liberal attitude to all things herbal, and now one Dutch city hopes to take things a step further. At a recent "weed summit" of Dutch mayors, representatives from Eindhoven unveiled plans for the country's first municipal pot farm
While possession and consumption of small quantities of cannabis is tolerated in the country via a network of coffee shops, cultivating and distributing the crop is still verboten. The thinking behind the pilot project is that growing municipal ganja might take away market share from criminal elements who enjoy a foothold on the industry to the tune of over $2.5 billion a year.
Eindhoven's mayor Rob de Gijzel argues, "It's time that we experimented with a system of regulated plantations so we can have strict guidelines and controls on the quality and price."
Considering the huge carbon footprint left by the international import and export of produce, this also leads us to believe Eindhoven's commitment providing its townsfolk with high-end, locally grown grass could make it one of world's greenest cities. (And with that, we've officially satisfied our stoner story double entendre obligation.)