Netherlands

Fri
17
Jul

Dutch more likely to use ecstasy than other Europeans

Over 250,000 people in the Netherlands have used the party drug ecstasy at least once in the past year, according to new figures published on Friday. The research, by the national statistics office CBS and drugs research group Trimbos Institute, involved questioning a representative group of 6,000 people. The figures show that 2.5% of the Dutch population take ecstasy, compared with a European average of 0.6%. The Dutch are also more likely to take amphetamines than any other Europeans. In terms of cannabis use, around 8% of the Dutch have used it in the past year, which is above the 5.7% EU average but well below France (11%), Spain (9%) and the Czech Republic (9%).

Fri
17
Jul

The curious case of medicinal cannabis in the Netherlands: The James Burton Story

In a Cannabis News Network special, James Burton speaks out on the turbulent history of medicinal cannabis in the Netherlands. 

The Netherlands is still considered for many countries as a model for more liberate cannabis policies.

One of these models, is the medicinal cannabis program currently in place.

But as James Burton’s story reveals, the Dutch no longer rightfully export solely good ideas.

After hearing James Burton tell his story, three questions come to mind:

Thu
16
Jul

How we could harness medical marijuana for pain relief without the side effects

Experts and society are divided on the benefits and subsequent legalisation of medical marijuana.

In North America alone there is deep division with half the statesand Canada legalising medical marijuana while the other half refuses. In the UK it is not legal to use medical marijuana, but ironically the UK is home to the most successful cannabis extract company in GW Pharmaceuticals, who have a product on the market that includes a mixture of cannabis extracts.  The success of the company and for the patients it treats strongly suggests the issue might need to be revisited, and at least more research performed on exploiting the possibilities.

Tue
14
Jul

I can get arrested for that? Some acts that could get you in hot water overseas

Thinking of going to Amsterdam to get stoned? Think again. While "coffee shops" still sell all manner of legal ways to get ripped, the law was changed two years ago so that only residents of the Netherlands can legally purchase marijuana in these cafes.

How about feeding pigeons in San Francisco or carrying your shopping in a plastic bag in Rwanda? Sounds harmless but both those acts are actually prohibited.

In Florence, Italy, it is an offence to sit and eat on the steps of major churches and public buildings. 

Tue
14
Jul

Prices of Vices: How Much Will $20 U.S. Dollars Buy You Across the World, In Drugs?

Note the wide disparity of drug prices across the countries surveyed.

With the recent turn of economic events in Greece and China, it has become ever more apparent that we live in increasingly globalized world in which economies are inextricably linked.

This begged the question; are national drug economies linked in a similar manner?

In this informative video, BuzzFeed shows you how much coffee, cannabis, cigarettes, cocaine, whiskey, and heroin can you buy for $20 U.S. dollars around the world.

Mon
15
Jun

The Cyclists Crowdfunding a Medical Cannabis Trial

This weekend, a group of volunteers are wrapping up a 420 km bike ride with a very specific goal in mind: making money for a clinical trial of cannabis as a potential treatment to fight brain cancer

Fri
12
Jun

Holland public opinion firmly in favour of full cannabis legalisation

A recent opinion poll in Holland showed a staggering 70% of people are now firmly in favour of a complete overhaul of Dutch cannabis laws and want to see a regulated system for the supply of cannabis.  Currently possession of small amounts of cannabis are tolerated, and the famous Dutch Coffee shops allow people to buy small amounts of cannabis for personal medical or recreational use.  But the supply of cannabis to coffee shops remains completely illegal.  The survey by Motivaction also showed that 61% want to see a system of permits introduced for controlled production of cannabis.

 

Wed
10
Jun

Dutch Coffeeshop Owner Accused of Money Laundering in Thai Court

The process against Dutch coffee shop owner Johan van Laarhoven started in the court in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. He stands accused of laundering 20 million euros.

Van Laarhoven is the founder of The Grass Company. He has been living in Thailand for several years. He was arrested last year after Justice in the Netherlands tipped off the Thai police, Omroep Brabant reports.

Van Laarhoven’s lawyer, Sidney Smeets, told Omroep Brabant that his client is living in horrid circumstances in the Thai prison. “It’s barbaric. You would not wish it on anyone, but certainly not on a smart entrepreneur who only earned money in the Netherlands with tolerated coffee shops.” According to the lawyer, Thai investigators do not understand the Dutch tolerance policy.

Mon
01
Jun

Police bust office of Dutch Legalization NGO

Eindhoven, June 1st, 2015 – Earlier today around 9.30 in the morning, 4 police officers and one employee of Kusters Facilities busted the office of Dutch cannabis legalization NGO VOC Nederland in Eindhoven. A total of seven (7) cannabis plants were removed and taken.

“Over the years, several agents have been over who never made any issue of my plants. So much police deployment for seven tiny plants; It proves that the struggle we have with VOC is clearer ever”

Fri
29
May

The biggest drug dealer on Silk Road has been sentenced to 10 years in prison

Cornelis Jan Slomp, the Dutchman who became the biggest seller of illegal drugs on the so-called Deep Web marketplace Silk Road, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Slomp sold MDMA, ecstasy, cocaine, benzodiazepine, amphetamine, LSD, and marijuana in vast quantities on Silk Road, working from his home in Holland and using the account name SuperTrips.

What made Slomp such a big target wasn't the range of drugs he sold (lots of sellers offer a variety of items on the Deep Web, a section of the internet hidden from most web browsers), but the sheer amount he was able to sell.

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