Netherlands

Thu
29
Mar

Dutch ministers outline 4-year trial to supply cannabis to coffeeshops

Today cannabis is sold openly in 573 ‘coffeeshops’ operating in 103 of the 380 municipalities in the Netherlands.

While local authorities have tolerated the sale of cannabis under certain conditions in these outlets for many years, the supply of the drug to the coffeeshops is not officially permitted.

This has created an illicit market in cannabis production and wholesale distribution. In October 2017, the Dutch government declared its intention to permit an experiment on the legal supply of cannabis to coffeeshops to be carried out in up to ten medium to large-sized municipalities.

Tue
13
Mar

Netherlands to trial recreational cannabis cultivation

Dutch ministers have outlined plans to regulate cannabis cultivation in certain parts of the Netherlands for a trial period.

In a letter to the Dutch Parliament published on 9 March, two senior ministers - justice minister, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, and medical care minister, Bruno Bruins - outlined plans to allow the legal cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes in several municipalities for four years.

Thu
08
Mar

What can Canada learn from Amsterdam ahead of marijuana legalization?

Two of my biggest passions are travelling and telling stories. So when I was in Amsterdam last week armed with my cellphone, I combined them both.

I have been curious to see how the federal government will legalize marijuana in this country – and I was fascinated by what I learned talking to people who live in Amsterdam – a city known for it’s “coffeeshops” that in reality sell marijuana.

Over the past forty years they have become part of the culture in Amsterdam. It is as normal as walking into a bar here for a drink.

Fri
02
Feb

Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes

Researchers have found fresh evidence to suggest that more potent strains of cannabis are at least partly to blame for the number of people seeking help from drug treatment programmes.

Scientists at King’s College London drew on data from the Netherlands to show that admissions to specialist treatment centres rose when coffee shops sold increasingly more potent cannabis, but fell again when the cannabis weakened.

The work is the first to investigate how admissions to drug treatment programmes rise and fall in line with the strength of cannabis available to users. It found that changes in demand for treatment typically lagged five to seven years behind changes to cannabis strength.

Mon
08
Jan

Outrage in the Netherlands: Top officials manipulated Cannabis research to halt legalization

If you thought cannabis legalization in the Netherlands was a free and easy nonevent, you best think again.

In 2015, Dutch TV journalist Bas Haan reported on a secret deal between a hash dealer and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. This shock exposé forced then-Minister Ivo Opstelten, a member of the conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), and several of his high-ranking officials to resign.

Then, in December Haan was at it again, releasing yet another explosive news report about how top officials in the Justice Department pressured independent researchers to change their cannabis research to fit the repressive government policy.

Fri
17
Nov

Amsterdam cannabis firm to set up Canadian base in joint venture with Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth Corp. of Smiths Falls, Ont., has formed a joint venture to share ownership of the Agripharm indoor growing operation in Creemore, Ont., with Amsterdam-based Green House Brands.

Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED) says it will retain 40 per cent of Agripharm and the rest will be owned by Green House Holdings North America Inc. and its affiliate in the Netherlands, which does business as Organa Brands.

The venture will create a new Canadian home base for Green House Brands and Organa while Canopy Growth has the right to purchase all the cannabis products produced by Agripharm for distribution through its Canadian system.

Mon
11
Sep

Family of epileptic boy, 5, suffering hundreds of fits a day moving to Netherlands to treat him with cannabis

The family of an epileptic boy who suffers hundreds of seizures a day are quitting the UK to move to the Netherlands so they can legally treat him with medical cannabis .

The parents of five-year-old Alfie Dingley - who is believed to be one of only five boys in the world with his rare form of epilepsy - say the UK's drug laws are "absurd".

Hannah Deacon and Drew Dingley want to treat the hard-to-control seizures with medical cannabis oil, but could be jailed if they do so in their Warwickshire home.

Wed
09
Aug

The Great Insurance Shuffle: A Schengen Border Dispute Or Something Wider?

It does appear that Europe is actually the place where insurance coverage is going to be defined properly for the first time.

While cannabis reform has certainly arrived, full force, in Europe, it is already a different discussion than anywhere else on the planet.

While the same elements are present in Europe as anywhere else (rec vs. medical, federal vs. regional reform), they are in a different form and focus than is happening in say the U.S. or Canada or Israel.

The most crucial point of this debate, however, right now, is how cannabis is or will be covered by health insurance. Now and into the future. In Europe right now, that has also created a strange standoff across a normally peaceful, open border.

Wed
02
Aug

Why Will Europe Be Slow in Legalising Medical Cannabis

Drug policy usually moves like an iceberg: slowly. And while and it can be hard to turn, sometimes it changes course in an unexpected direction. In the case of cannabis or marijuana, it may be picking up speed, but there are rough waters ahead.

Mon
24
Jul

The Weeds on weed: what a Dutch study tells us about legalization

The Weeds crew have finally discussed weed — specifically, marijuana use and policy. On the July 19 episode of the podcast, Vox’s Sarah Kliff, Matt Yglesias, and Ezra Klein talk about a paper — aptly titled “High Achievers” — out of the Netherlands that found marijuana use correlates to worse academic performance.

The 2015 Maastricht University study followed university students and tracked their academic achievement, with the intent to measure a temporary policy change in the city of Maastricht that restricted legal access to cannabis based on nationality.

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