Netherlands

Tue
18
Feb

Amsterdam mulls ban on tourists buying marijuana

Europe’s marijuana capital could ban tourists from buying pot at its famed coffee shops soon in an effort to tackle overcrowding in the city.

Although illegal in the Netherlands, soft drugs are widely available in the country. The first coffee shops, where the sale of marijuana for personal use is tolerated, opened in 1972.

Now the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, is cracking down on mass tourism in the city, which saw 19 million visitors in 2018. With a population of 850,000, the pressure to reduce overtourism in Amsterdam has been mounting.

Halsema commissioned a survey to understand how many people are visiting Amsterdam exclusively for its coffee shops.

Mon
10
Feb

The Netherlands introduces new medical cannabis varieties for patients

New varieties of medical cannabis will be sold to the Netherlands Government which could see more patients buying their medicine in pharmacies rather than coffee shops.

The new varieties of cannabis will be sold to the government by two producers for €2.35 per gramme instead of the current price of €5.80 per gramme. This will bring the selling price of medicinal cannabis at the pharmacy well below the price of the current recreational price in the coffee shop.

The government has increased the expected (contract) value of medical cannabis production to €140m which possibly implies that patients will buy more at the pharmacy instead of in coffee shops.

Thu
06
Feb

High time: Netherlands moves to clean up absurd cannabis policy

If there’s one contradiction that goes to the heart of why Dutch drugs policy has lost its way, it’s this: that while it’s legal for “coffee shops” to sell cannabis for personal consumption, growing the cannabis they sell is illegal and subject to stiff penalties that have forced production underground.

The result of this wholly irrational arrangement has been to undermine pretty much every significant policy initiative since 1972, when a Labour-led coalition government took the innovative step of focusing public resources predominantly on hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Fri
20
Dec

News flash: Um, Amsterdam isn’t legal?

Who would have thought one of the countries most associated with weed would have the hardest time trying to regulate it?

The Netherlands has long been a tourist attraction for the wide availability of cannabis in the country’s coffee shops, despite the fact that the drug is not legal. The possession and sale of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized, however, and authorities generally look the other way when edibles are served up alongside coffee.

Mon
16
Dec

5 Cannabis Stocks That Could Capitalize On The Booming EU Cannabis Sector

Read entire article here.

During the last year, the cannabis sector has been in the middle of a major transition that has been centered around the expansion into new markets. The European Union (EU) has been a point of emphasis for these cannabis operators and we are favorably on this strategy for growth.

When compared to the Canadian and US cannabis markets, the opportunity in the EU is much less saturated and is in the early innings of a major growth cycle. Currently, the production of cannabis is not allowed in most of Europe and the product is imported from either Canada or the Netherlands.

Fri
13
Dec

5 Top holiday destinations for cannabis lovers

It’s a well-known fact that cannabis fans are always ready for an adventure and trying out new stuff. That’s exactly why weed destinations are one of the fastest-growing trends on Earth!

So, put your day-dreams into high gear and check this list of some of the best destinations for a cannabis holiday on the planet!

1. Colorado, USA

Colorado was the first US state to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis. Namely, the US represents the largest market for medicinal cannabis; seeing how the government also supports the cultivation of cannabis, it’s grown all around the state. 

Fri
13
Dec

5 Top holiday destinations for cannabis lovers

It’s a well-known fact that cannabis fans are always ready for an adventure and trying out new stuff. That’s exactly why weed destinations are one of the fastest-growing trends on Earth!

So, put your day-dreams into high gear and check this list of some of the best destinations for a cannabis holiday on the planet!

1. Colorado, USA

Colorado was the first US state to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis. Namely, the US represents the largest market for medicinal cannabis; seeing how the government also supports the cultivation of cannabis, it’s grown all around the state. 

Fri
29
Nov

What U.S. Cannabis Can Learn From The Dutch Coffee Shop Model

Amsterdam is known for its renowned canals, unique architecture, cannabis coffee shops, and the red-light district. Overall, it’s more of a liberal city than people may think.

For several decades, Amsterdam has been a widely-visited Dutch city that’s been at the forefront of successful cannabis coffee shops. Although these coffee shops have similarities to American cannabis dispensaries, there are some aspects that could be incorporated into the U.S. cannabis model.  Here’s how.

Mon
25
Nov

Netherlands considering marijuana ban for tourists

The Netherlands might ban tourists from visiting coffee shops, which have permission to publicly sell hemp and its produce. The proposal was made by one of the country's political coalitions, the Moscow News Agency reports referring to the Association of Russian Tour Operators.

It is noted that politicians intend to thus get rid of the country’s image as the place where you can take drugs and have fun. Currently, tourists in such establishments are tolerated for fear that they might begin to buy the product of interest from street vendors.

Fri
11
Oct

The great race to become the World’s weed supplier

Companies vying to be the biggest cannabis producer in America or Canada are wasting their time and suffering from a crippling lack of vision. The real play is to make a bid to become the worldwide leader in global cannabis exports — like firms in Jamaica and Lesotho as well as Canada are attempting to do — and the window of time to get in is closing fast, according to one entrepreneur with clear-cut plans to curb that market.

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