Netherlands

Thu
14
Mar

Medicinal cannabis users left high and dry by Dutch tolerance policy

‘I wish I could tell you that this was conventional – it isn’t,’ says Dutch-Israeli multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Anat Avissar Koren. Inhaling cannabis is one of the few things that helps relieve her chronic pain but socially, even in the Netherlands, it is not fully accepted.

‘The stigma is the horrible part for a patient,’ she says. But the low-percentage CBD oils she was offered on prescription were useless. ‘I have low absorption problems,’ she explains. ‘The oil doesn’t affect me at all.’

Figures from the National Drugs Monitor (2017) estimate that Anat is one of around half a million people in the Netherlands who use cannabis medicinally – the vast majority without a prescription – yet Dutch law-makers and prevailing attitudes have been slow to catch up.

Fri
15
Feb

The U.K. just got its first bulk medical cannabis shipment

The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.

Tue
15
Jan

If legal marijuana leads to murder, what’s up in the Netherlands?

In 1971’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a mescaline-infused Hunter S. Thompson and his Benzedrine-addicted attorney infiltrate a police conference, where they are amused and appalled by the naïveté of the people charged with enforcing drug laws.
Thompson captures the tone with a fictionalized bulletin, “Know Your Dope Fiend,” that warns officers: 

Fri
23
Nov

The Netherlands’ master cannabis growers are flocking to Canada

It’s a rare Dutch traveller who hasn’t heard some version of “Amsterdam? I’ve smoked a doob or two there.”

Forty years of coffeeshops in the Netherlands have created Europe’s best known stoner haven. The most famous of those coffeeshops is arguably Green House, which has counted Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Eminem among its patrons.

Fri
23
Nov

Dutch municipalities dissatisfied with regulated cannabis experiment

Many Dutch municipalities are dissatisfied with the current preliminary design of the government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. Where municipalities queued to participate in the experiment when it was announced, the government will now have difficulty in finding 10 municipalities to participate, the association of Dutch municipalities VNG said to Trouw. 

Fri
09
Nov

What the Dutch can teach the world about cannabis

When the Financial Times told me to go and smoke pot in Amsterdam, I asked a friend there to recommend a good "coffee shop" (Dutch-English for cannabis cafe). Her reply was very Dutch: "I've never been to one." She chose the Paradox, the one nearest her son's school, so she could collect him afterwards.

Now we're sitting in what feels like a cosy, cushion-strewn living room, surrounded by well-behaved, well-dressed, quiet 20-somethings from around the world. The cafe's owner, Ludo Bossaert, who opened the Paradox 27 years ago, recommends a €5 ($8) joint of "Pure Special Haze Mix". According to the shop's extensive menu, it will provide a "super high". I become possibly the first person in the Paradox's history to ask for a receipt.

Wed
05
Sep

How to talk cannabis in seven different countries

Traveling to the Netherlands? Russia? This weed slang guide will make sure you’re never dry.

Mon
09
Jul

Welcome to Amsterdam, birthplace of the Cannabis Cup

Today, there are several High Times Cannabis Cup events around the world exalting the best the industry has to offer. But the OG Cup is the one first held in Amsterdam, over 30 years ago. It’s been a long journey, both for the Cup and for cannabis on a global scale.

As we prepare to return to Amsterdam July 13-15, let’s take a look back at how we got here.

Cannabis Cup was founded by High Times’ then-editor-in-chief Steven Hager, who was inspired by stories of NorCal harvest festivals at which growers would get together and compare that year’s crops. Hager had previously traveled to the Netherlands in 1986 to write a feature on cannabis breeder Nevil Schoenmakers, who founded the first cannabis seedbank, and his infamous ‘cannabis castle.’

Fri
20
Apr

The 6 most advanced countries for marijuana research

The most advanced countries for marijuana research are using science to defeat the stigma while getting people the medicine they need.

It is commonly known that the U.S. is not apart of the most advanced countries for marijuana research. Due to its legal status, receiving funding for cannabis research has been proven quite difficult in the U.S. The government still holds restrictive policies and regulations on research that will look into the benefits and risks of cannabis, which is available to consumers in numerous states.

Tue
17
Apr

The Netherlands isn't as weed-friendly as it used to be

Travelers hoping to take advantage of the Netherlands’ lax weed laws during their next visit may want to rethink their itinerary.

Several cities across the marijuana-friendly country recently have taken steps to limit the public use of cannabis.

This week, The Hague became the first Dutch city to ban it in the city center, the central train station, and major shopping areas.

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