Netherlands

Tue
03
Nov

What life with pot looks like in a country where it’s been basically legal for 40 years

If anyone in the world has experience with marijuana legalization, it's the Dutch. For nearly 40 years, the limited sale and use of the plant has been effectively legalized — so-called "coffee shops" are allowed to stock and sell small quantities of cannabis to adult buyers.

Mon
02
Nov

Netherlands: Landmark ruling for cannabis grower

Dutch judges do not punish famous ideological cannabis grower

On Thursday the 29th of October, famous Dutch cannabis grower Doede de Jong was found guilty of cultivating cannabis, but without receiving a punishment! A true historic moment for the Dutch and international cannabis communities, of which Cannabis News Network made a report.

While Dutch coffeeshops’ practice of selling cannabis under certain circumstances is tolerated, the way they purchase their stock remains illegal, therefore forcing them to operate within a gray area. This often means coffeeshops have to buy cannabis from criminal growers who prefer quantity over quality.

Sat
31
Oct

It All Starts with a Seed

If you wanted to grow your own cannabis in the 1970s, your choices for genetics were extremely limited. One could take back seed but the available Columbian, Mexican and Thai were all equatorial sativas, which were not well suited for more northerly climes. Plus, Finishing times were too long to really produce high-grade bud. During the 70s, intrepid travelers began bringing back seeds from Afghanistan. These were short, stocky indicas, traditionally used for hash production. Thus the era of skunk began.

Thu
29
Oct

Court rules guilty, no punishment in trial organic marijuana grower Doede de Jong

The appeal in the case against Doede De Jong on October 15 has the potential to achieve a sensible government policy on the 'paradox of the backdoor'.

he appeal in the case against Doede De Jong on October 15 will be submitted to the court of Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and has the potential to achieve a sensible government policy on the ‘paradox of the backdoor’, according to Dutch legalization NGO VOC Nederland.

UPDATE 29th of October, 2015: In the verdict against Doede de Jong the court ruled guilty, but no punishment. Case not finished. For more (in Dutch), visit the VOC Nederland website.

Tue
27
Oct

Medical Cannabis in Netherlands

Last year around this time, I was in Amsterdam. I had taken a trip with my old friend, Jason, who had become ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was in search of cannabis to help alleviate some of his symptoms. In hindsight, our cannabis-finding mission turned out to be the start of an ongoing journey, on which we’re still traveling today. In fact, this week, we returned to Amsterdam as part of the next phase of our project to explore a more multifaceted perspective of the cannabis industry.

Mon
26
Oct

Netherlands and Israel, a Marriage of Cannabis

Reporting from a 5 day fact finding mission in the Netherlands exploring the medical cannabis program and the players in the industry, together with Saul Kaye, our CEO and Jason Ryker, our CFO/COO.

Since we announced our partnership with Israel’s Cannabis Medical Unit and our subsequent postponement of the CannaTech Summit until March, we find ourselves with the time opportunity to investigate interesting markets and build new international relationships.

Mon
26
Oct

Netherlands: Prescriptions for medical marijuana set to almost double this year

Dutch pharmacies expect prescriptions for medical marijuana to rise 45% this year, almost double the 25% rise recorded in previous years, according to pharmaceuticals statistics office SFK.

Medical marijuana is not an official medicine in the Netherlands and is not included in the basic health insurance policy. However, the five licenced brands on the Dutch market, produced by the Bedrocan company, are distributed via pharmacies.

In 2012, pharmacies filled some 11,000 prescriptions for medical marijuana but this year the figure is expected to be twice that. The number of users has also doubled form 2,000 to 4,000, the SFK said.

Sat
24
Oct

Trudeau's pot promise: Here's how other places legalized it

Now that the Liberals are in power, Canadians want to know if prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau will keep his word and legalize marijuana or if his promise will simply go up in smoke.

According to the party’s campaign platform, Canada’s prohibition approach doesn’t work.

“It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug,” the Liberals say.

“To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”

But even the soon-to-be sworn-in prime minister doesn’t know when that might happen.

Sat
24
Oct

High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!

Any way you look at it, dagga is medicine. Even if you smoke it just to get “high”, the South African weed won’t just alter your consciousness.

It has a host of other powerful pharmacologic effects on body and mind, which make it medicine by definition.

Depending on which side of the legalisation or criminalisation fence you sit on, you’ll see those effects in a good or bad light.

“The dagga couple”, as the media have dubbed activists Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clark, sit on the side of the fence bathed in the glow of a good light. They are part of an influential legalisation campaign in South Africa that has spread faster than the weed grows, and now includes medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and other interested parties.

Sat
24
Oct

Medical marijuana use jumps 45% in Netherlands

An increase of 45 percent has been recorded for the use of medical marijuana in the Netherlands compared to 2014. This is a much larger increase than in the last four years, which increased a steady 25 percent increase. Patients that are now medically qualify for the use of cannabis no longer have to rely on coffee shops, now they can get there medical marijuana, via prescription, at their local pharmacy, reported the Foundation for Pharmaceutical Studies (SFK).

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