Netherlands

Fri
08
Jul

Are Tourists Allowed in Dutch Coffeeshops? The Strange Tale of the ‘Weed Pass’

When it comes to selling cannabis to foreigners, the pendulum of public acceptance in the Netherlands keeps on swinging. Back in 2012, after years of political debate over tourists pouring into Holland to buy and consume cannabis, the Dutch government introduced a so-called weed pass that would effectively ban tourists and allow only locals into the country’s famous cannabis coffeeshops. Now, just four years later, most cities have abandoned the system — only the city of Maastricht and a handful of smaller towns in the country’s southern region still enforce the ban.

Fri
24
Jun

Hawthorne Gardening Company Buys Majority Interest in Gavita, Horticultural Lighting Company

Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC), a wholy-owned subsidiary of Scott's Miracle Grow (SMG), has taken a 75% interest in Gavita, an international horticultural lighting provider.

Gavita sought a partner to expand its market leading position and to expand and expedite its research and development plans. They found this partner in the US-based Hawthorne Gardening Company. Hawthorne is an A-brand group, focused on bringing together the best brands in gardening and horticulture, to offer green and sustainable solutions for food production. The current Dutch management will stay in place and holds 25% interest in the new company. 

Wed
22
Jun

Consuming Cannabis While Pregnant: The Jury is Still Out

More questions than answers from a new study out of The Netherlands.

Recent studies suggest that there could be differences in brain thickness between children who are exposed to cannabis and those who aren’t — but do these studies tell the whole story?

Across the pond, an hour south from Amsterdam, Dr. Hanan El Marroun, of Erasmus University Medical Center in The Netherlands has dedicated his work to researching one of the most overlooked aspects of cannabis use: consuming while pregnant. 

Wed
22
Jun

Video Report: Rick Simpson at Cannabis Liberation Day in Amsterdam

Cannabis Liberation Rick Simpson, the godfather of cannabis oil, was one of the main guest speakers during the 8th annual Cannabis Liberation Day in Amsterdam. The Canadian cannabis oil producer is responsible for putting the medicinal value of cannabis oil on the worldwide map. Check out this Cannabis News Network report.

 

Wed
22
Jun

Drugs in Europe: Not Mind-Stretching Enough

Liberal drug policies have spread across Europe. But some early adopters are slipping behind.

On a cobbled street lined with tourist shops in central Prague, a darkened storefront advertises cannabis-flavoured beer and absinthe ice cream. Inside, chocolate bars featuring Bob Marley’s face are for sale alongside “mushroom cookies” and glass bongs. Nothing stronger is on offer. But in a country where the possession of drugs is mostly tolerated, it is not hard to find the real stuff elsewhere: dealers loiter in the city’s main square, and barmen sell cannabis under the counter.

Wed
15
Jun

Netherlands: Minister sets aside report on regulating cannabis cultivation

A report by Radboud University researchers which says legalising cannabis production would have benefits for public health and human rights, will not have an impact on government policy, justice minister Ard van der Steur has told MPs.

The report’s findings are no reason to change policy on cannabis cafes, known as coffee shops, the minister said in answer to questions from the Socialists and D66.

The study found that illegal cannabis production was linked to criminal violence, fires, environmental and noise pollution and the spread of legionella bacteria, the Volkskrant reported last month.

Wed
08
Jun

In Countries Where Weed Is Legal, This Is the Hellscape They've Become

The global conversation on marijuana legalization has reached its highest volume yet. Already, some countries, the United States included, have pioneered past decriminalization and into some form of legalization. Few have fully legalized marijuana — and have yet to transform into total hellscapes from it. 

Wed
01
Jun

The Growing Need for the Cannabis Sommelier

The cannabis industry has shown tremendous growth over the past few years and new markets are appearing right in front of our eyes. With all of the publicity and legalization in various states, cannabis is becoming less taboo and turning into big business, and many enthusiasts are looking for ways to work in this budding industry. 

Just like the food, wine, and spirits industries have their specialized experts, connoisseurs, and sommeliers, it’s time for the Cannabis industry to employ true quality searchers and finders.

Tasting

Mon
30
May

Netherlands study: 'Legal cannabis cultivation would boost human rights'

Legalising cannabis production would have benefits for public health and human rights, according to a study commissioned by Dutch local authorities.

The 27 municipalities are among a group campaigning for a change in the law that would allow them to regulate the growing and wholesale of weed plants. The government has rejected such calls for years, arguing that it would breach international treaties designed to restrict the illegal drug trade.

Mon
30
May

Europe Spends Over $10 Billion on Cannabis Each Year

According to a recent report by a joint EU watchdog, published on May 24, 2016; Europeans spend a colossal 24 billion euros ($26.8 billion) on illicit substances which, according to the report, fund crime syndicates and terrorism and“are one of the key threats to the security of the EU”.

The largest proportion of this expenditure goes to cannabis, which makes up 38% of the illegal drug market in Europe. That amounts to 9.3 billion euros ($10.4 billion). The majority of this cannabis is grown within European borders.

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