The Minister of Medical Care of the Netherlands informed the Dutch parliament that exports of medical cannabis flower to Germany will increase this year.
In the letter, dated July 12, the Dutch minister explained that the request for an increase came from his German counterpart, who asked for a hike in the annual volume of medical cannabis flower shipped from the Netherlands to Germany from the current 1,500 kilograms (roughly 3,300 pounds) to 2,500 (about 5,500 pounds).
The request stemmed from an increase in the number of medical cannabis consumers in Germany and the fact that the nation’s domestic production won’t be available until early 2021.
The Dutch minister mentioned in the letter to the parliament that the Netherlands’ current production capacity can fulfill the German request.
As of now, only Bedrocan grows medical cannabis flower for commercial purposes in the Netherlands, whose exports are carried out by the government Office of Medical Cannabis.
The Netherlands now plans to export a total of 2,500 kilograms to Germany in 2019 and 2020. To do that this year, the plan is to ship 1,500 kilograms by August and the remaining 1,000 before the end of December.
This is not the first time the agreed-upon supply quantities between the two countries have been increased. In August 2018, they were increased from 700 to 1,500 kilograms.
Currently, the only two countries exporting medical cannabis flower to Germany for pharmacy dispensing are the Netherlands and Canada.
In 2017, Germany imported 1,200 kilograms, then in 2018 more than doubled that amount to roughly 3,000 kilograms, with about half of it coming from the Netherlands and the other half from Canada.
Almost 2,500 kilograms were already imported during the first half of 2019.
Written by Alfredo Pascual
Marijuana Business Daily