Netherlands

Mon
17
Jun

Dutch Cities reject cannabis regulation plan, continue with ‘backdoor problem’

The Netherlands’ on-off love affair with cannabis has taken another twist as three of its largest cities have backed out of a government experiment to end the legal grey areas that exist around the country’s famous coffee shops.

The weed experiment, or Wietexperiment, would allow 10 licensed producers to legally grow and distribute cannabis to Netherlands coffeeshops, which would then sell and serve their customers without fear of sanction.

However, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague have all dismissed the plans and pulled out of the project, leaving just Utrecht to sign up. Despite their willingness to go ahead, officials in Utrecht have also complained of the plan to force all of its coffee shops to take part, however.

Thu
13
Jun

Amsterdam coffee shops aren't keen on Dutch cannabis legalization pilot

The Dutch government is preparing to introduce a pilot program that would temporarily legalize the production and sale of cannabis, but the Netherlands' notorious coffee shops think the plan has some major shortcomings, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
04
Jun

Here's where the Netherlands stands on cannabis

Slowly but surely, cannabis policy is changing in the Netherlands, where the government has agreed to undertake a six-year experiment that will allow select coffee shops to sell cannabis that has been cultivated and distributed through a select number of licensed growers.

Mon
03
Jun

You’ll never guess which country smokes the most weed

If you had to guess which country consumed the most cannabis in the world, you’d surely start with places where the plant is at least legalized. Uruguay, for instance, legalized cannabis in 2013. Another choice might be Canada, which passed adult-use marijuana legislation in 2018. Heck, you could even pick countries where the drug is partially legalized, like the United States or Netherlands.

Thu
30
May

Second medical cannabis producer for The Netherlands

The Netherlands’ only approved medicinal cannabis producer may soon have company – and competition.

Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS – Dutch Broadcast Foundation), which is part of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system, reports the country’s Office for Medicinal Cannabis (BMC) wants to issue the second license.

Currently, only one company is authorised to produce medical cannabis products in the Netherlands – Bedrocan – and it’s had the distinction for 16 years.

Fri
17
May

Discover the barriers of accessing medical cannabis despite reform across Europe

Although regulatory reform has occurred across Europe, many patients still experience barriers regarding accessing medical cannabis, here Prohibition Partners explores further.

Prohibition Partners explains how legislation intended to improve availability of accessing medical cannabis for patients is being hindered by a lack of education in clinicians and regulators.

Thu
18
Apr

Holland’s half-baked attempt to return to the marijuana vanguard

Beginning in the mid-1980s, Holland was the world’s marijuana mecca. Under the quite sensible policy of gedogen (pragmatic tolerance), Dutch authorities didn’t quite legalize marijuana but instead effectively turned a blind eye, allowing licensed retail establishments — the famous coffeeshops — to sell five grams or less of marijuana, and to let their customers consume the products onsite despite prohibition remaining on the books.

A generation of stoners made the pilgrimage to Amsterdam, getting wrecked on hash and primo nederwiet (Dutch weed) and musing fuzzily about why their home countries couldn’t be as cool about cannabis as the Netherlands. That was then.

Tue
16
Apr

What countries are supplying the UK with medical marijuana?

In the last 20 years, Britain has become the world’s largest legal producer and exporter of medical marijuana – yet remains one of the most anti-cannabis countries in the world. Confused? Well, there’s no time to waste! As British red tape around cannabis regulation begins to loosen, this could be the dawning of a lucrative new industry that savvy investors need to be aware of.

Thu
11
Apr

Netherlands: 10 growers producing 10 types of weed

The Dutch government is to press ahead with experiments in regulated marijuana production involving 10 licenced growers, according to the detailed plans which were published on Thursday. The long-awaited experiment with regulated growing is supposed to remove the gray area between the sale of marijuana in council-licenced coffee shops and the illegal cultivation and supply.

Fri
05
Apr

A bunch of Dutch people smoked fake weed for science

Synthetic cannabinoids go by many names: fake weed, K2, spice, but no matter what you call it, there’s no hiding the fact that the name is woefully inaccurate, writes Jericho Knopp.

The drug, which is just a mix of chemicals sprayed on plant matter and then smoked, is similar to cannabis only in looks. In terms of the actual effects, the drug is much more dangerous than actual cannabis, and can lead to seizures and dissociation from reality.

However, there have been very few scientific studies to actually find out what the drug does to the body until now. A new study out of the Netherlands tested the effects of smoking the substance on 17 healthy volunteers.

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