Netherlands

Wed
05
Aug

Hopeful Cannabis Cultivators Look To Supply Dutch Coffee Shops

Few cities on earth, if any, are as well-known for cannabis as Amsterdam. The capital city of the Netherlands has long been home to a thriving cannabis community and is a top tourist destination for cannabis enthusiasts.

People travel from all over the world to frequent Amsterdam’s coffee shops and enjoy local cannabis flower and hash.

All over the Netherlands, little spots to purchase local cannabis exist. Amsterdam gets most of the notoriety, however, less high-profile cannabis options exist elsewhere in the European country.

Technically, cannabis is not legal in the Netherlands, it is just tolerated by authorities in some circumstances.

Mon
27
Jul

Want to legally grow weed in the Netherlands? You'll have to show you can produce at least 6,500 kilos per year

The Dutch government has clarified some of the finer details of its new application to legally cultivate recreational cannabis.

Thu
16
Jul

Netherlands Seeks to Close Back Door Market by Updating Contradictory Cannabis Laws

Long before the rest of the world was talking about legalization, the Netherlands was already pushing the boundaries with the opening of coffeeshops where patrons could smoke without legal repercussion. Now, years later, this setup has caused a huge back door market that the Netherlands is trying hard to close.

Tue
30
Jun

Marijuana use increased during COVID-19 lockdown, survey shows

The coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in the use of party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, but also to an increase in pot use, according to Global Drug Survey.

Forty thousand people from 12 countries participated in the online survey that looked at changes in alcohol and drug-related habits during the global health crisis. The 12 countries included in the study were Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. 

Based on the data, nearly a fifth of people reported that they used less cocaine during lockdown, while 29% said they used less MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or molly. 

Thu
09
Apr

Dutch Marijuana Sales Back On – Sort Of

Although most non-essential businesses remain closed in the Netherlands due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marijuana smokers received the welcome news that “coffee shops” selling the drug have reopened for takeaway orders.

As reported by Reuters, all businesses selling cannabis and hashish were ordered to shut, along with sex clubs and saunas, when the Dutch government imposed on March 15 measures to curb the COVID-19 epidemic. A limited reopening has been allowed to avoid black market drug deals and ensure supplies of medicinal cannabis. With coronavirus regulations prohibiting gatherings of people, however, buyers are no longer permitted to stay for a smoke.

Tue
07
Apr

Ireland: Emergency medicinal cannabis to be collected from Netherlands

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey, who fought a lengthy campaign to secure medicinal cannabis for her daughter Ava, has said she is “beyond relieved” that the Department of Health is facilitating the delivery of the medicine from abroad for people with a licence.
Wed
18
Mar

Coronavirus Pandemic Closes Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cafes

As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and Europe, government officials in the Netherlands ordered the closure of schools, restaurants, bars, and other businesses including cannabis cafes. The announcement from the Dutch ministers of health and education on Sunday led to long lines outside the country’s famed ‘coffeeshops’ in Amsterdam and other cities as customers rushed to buy pot before they closed. The closures were ordered to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and are expected to remain in effect until April 6.

Mon
16
Mar

Dutch queue for cannabis as coronavirus closes cafes

Cannabis smokers aiming to keep calm and carry on despite coronavirus queued up outside Dutch "coffee shops" on Sunday after the government ordered their closure to beat the outbreak.

Customers lined up in their dozens as they tried to beat a deadline for the closure of the marijuana cafes and stockpile weed supplies for what could be weeks of lockdown.

The Netherlands' famed coffee shops have become as much a part of the country's popular image abroad as sex clubs in Amsterdam's famed red light district, which were also ordered to shut by 6:00 pm along with all bars and restaurants.

Mon
02
Mar

Amsterdam Is Trying to Kill Its Own Cannabis Tourism

These days, the stoner’s rite of passage to Amsterdam, synonymous with weed for decades thanks to the city’s ancient “policy of tolerance” towards cannabis use, or gedoogbeleid, has less resonance for Americans — why fly all the way to Holland when you can go to Denver, or Chicago, or Los Angeles or Seattle?

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