The Great Dutch Cannabis Experiment Morphs On

The Netherlands has pioneered many parts of the cannabis industry as it has evolved and changed over the last half century. See the eponymous coffee shop.


Global cannabis testing market to grow 13.4% through 2025

Increasing demand for safety and high-quality medical products has added impetus to cannabis testing services and will contribute to the growth of the global cannabis testing market, which is set to grow by 13.4% by 2025.

According to a Global Market Insights, Inc., report, the growing prevalence for these tests by cultivators and manufacturers will bolster the industry trends. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, as of March 2018, had issued about 26 temporary licenses to testing laboratories in California.


Hopeful Cannabis Cultivators Look To Supply Dutch Coffee Shops

Few cities on earth, if any, are as well-known for cannabis as Amsterdam. The capital city of the Netherlands has long been home to a thriving cannabis community and is a top tourist destination for cannabis enthusiasts.

People travel from all over the world to frequent Amsterdam’s coffee shops and enjoy local cannabis flower and hash.

All over the Netherlands, little spots to purchase local cannabis exist. Amsterdam gets most of the notoriety, however, less high-profile cannabis options exist elsewhere in the European country.

Technically, cannabis is not legal in the Netherlands, it is just tolerated by authorities in some circumstances.


Want to legally grow weed in the Netherlands? You'll have to show you can produce at least 6,500 kilos per year

The Dutch government has clarified some of the finer details of its new application to legally cultivate recreational cannabis.


Netherlands Seeks to Close Back Door Market by Updating Contradictory Cannabis Laws

Long before the rest of the world was talking about legalization, the Netherlands was already pushing the boundaries with the opening of coffeeshops where patrons could smoke without legal repercussion. Now, years later, this setup has caused a huge back door market that the Netherlands is trying hard to close.


Marijuana use increased during COVID-19 lockdown, survey shows

The coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in the use of party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, but also to an increase in pot use, according to Global Drug Survey.

Forty thousand people from 12 countries participated in the online survey that looked at changes in alcohol and drug-related habits during the global health crisis. The 12 countries included in the study were Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. 

Based on the data, nearly a fifth of people reported that they used less cocaine during lockdown, while 29% said they used less MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or molly. 


Dutch Marijuana Sales Back On – Sort Of

Although most non-essential businesses remain closed in the Netherlands due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marijuana smokers received the welcome news that “coffee shops” selling the drug have reopened for takeaway orders.

As reported by Reuters, all businesses selling cannabis and hashish were ordered to shut, along with sex clubs and saunas, when the Dutch government imposed on March 15 measures to curb the COVID-19 epidemic. A limited reopening has been allowed to avoid black market drug deals and ensure supplies of medicinal cannabis. With coronavirus regulations prohibiting gatherings of people, however, buyers are no longer permitted to stay for a smoke.


Ireland: Emergency medicinal cannabis to be collected from Netherlands

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey, who fought a lengthy campaign to secure medicinal cannabis for her daughter Ava, has said she is “beyond relieved” that the Department of Health is facilitating the delivery of the medicine from abroad for people with a licence.

Coronavirus Pandemic Closes Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cafes

As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and Europe, government officials in the Netherlands ordered the closure of schools, restaurants, bars, and other businesses including cannabis cafes. The announcement from the Dutch ministers of health and education on Sunday led to long lines outside the country’s famed ‘coffeeshops’ in Amsterdam and other cities as customers rushed to buy pot before they closed. The closures were ordered to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and are expected to remain in effect until April 6.


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