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Dutch lawmakers extend tolerance to cultivating cannabis

  • In this Sunday June 15, 2008 file image, marijuana is displayed at The Green House coffee shop in Amsterdam. The Dutch parliament approved controlled growing of marijuana or weed. Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, in what would be a new expansion of the country's relaxed pot policy and bring to an end one of its paradoxes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In this Sunday June 15, 2008 file image, marijuana is displayed at The Green House coffee shop in Amsterdam. The Dutch parliament approved controlled growing of marijuana or weed. Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, in what would be a new expansion of the country's relaxed pot policy and bring to an end one of its paradoxes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this June 24, 2008 file image a regular user of soft drugs lights a marijuana joint in a coffee shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch parliament approved controlled growing of marijuana or weed. Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, in what would be a new expansion of the country's relaxed pot policy and bring to an end one of its paradoxes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In this June 24, 2008 file image a regular user of soft drugs lights a marijuana joint in a coffee shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch parliament approved controlled growing of marijuana or weed. Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, in what would be a new expansion of the country's relaxed pot policy and bring to an end one of its paradoxes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday April 20, 2012 file image a protestor from Belgium with a marijuana leaf painted on his face smokes a marijuana joint in Amsterdam during a protest against a government plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana in the Netherlands. Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, in what would be a new expansion of the country's relaxed pot policy and bring to an end one of its paradoxes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In this Friday April 20, 2012 file image a protestor from Belgium with a marijuana leaf painted on his face smokes a marijuana joint in Amsterdam during a protest against a government plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana in the Netherlands. Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, in what would be a new expansion of the country's relaxed pot policy and bring to an end one of its paradoxes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move that could bring to an end a key paradox of the relaxed Dutch policy on marijuana and hashish.

Buying small amounts of pot at so-called coffee shops has long been tolerated in the Netherlands, but cultivating and selling the drug to the coffee shops themselves has remained illegal.

A narrow majority in the lower house of Dutch Parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of the new law that would extend tolerance to growers as well as smokers. The bill still has to be approved in the upper house, known as the First Chamber, where it is not clear if it can find a majority.