Netherlands

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.

Fri
07
Jul

What's The Best Model For Ending Cannabis Prohibition?

The calls for cannabis laws to be relaxed are growing ever louder, and while many countries have either decriminalised or legalised marijuana in recent years, there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding how to make the transition to a post-prohibition world.

As such, there remains a pressing need for a thorough analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of the various models currently in place across the globe – as well as some that no one has been brave enough to try yet.

Decriminalisation

Tue
20
Jun

Vera Twomey Arrives in Netherlands for Medicinal Cannabis for Daughter

A Cork mother has travelled to the Netherlands to get medicinal cannabis for her sick daughter.

Vera Twomey's seven-year-old daughter Ava suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome which can be treated with medicinal cannabis oil.

Vera has been a vocal campaigner for the treatment to be made available in Ireland and has raised over €21,000 through a fundraising campaign for Ava.

"The reason we have arrived in Holland is because the Government, the HSE, the neurologists have demanded that we would go to another country to provide evidence that this treatment would work for our daughter," she said.

 

Tue
16
May

Canadian Weed Producers Will Dominate the Global Marijuana Market

“First-mover advantage.” Why Canadian weed producers will dominate the global marijuana market.

In marketing strategy, there’s a term called “first-mover advantage”. It’s when a few key players in a particular industry gain an advantage because they entered into the marketplace first. These companies are able to establish strong brand recognition, shore up the best sources of funding, and build a loyal customer base simply because there aren’t any competitors in the way during their first few years of operation. 

Fri
12
May

Marijuana laws changing around the world

It's an issue that divides society - to smoke or not to smoke.

Throughout the world, a number of countries are slowing changing their laws around medicinal and recreational cannabis use. New Zealand's laws have stayed relatively the same for some time, with the exception of cannabis based products now being approved for use, but still tightly controlled.

So, which countries are leading the way in this area, and where can you use it either for fun, or for well-being?

Here in New Zealand, cannabis remains illegal to possess, and illegal to grow.

Medicinal use is tightly controlled but can be granted by the Ministry of Health.

Across the ditch it's a similar story.

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