Bud of the Month, Grass Monkey - Photo by Kraven!
|10-06-2011, 09:19 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Dutch cannabis café culture dealt fresh blow
url source: hxxp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/8811202/Dutch-cannabis-cafe-culture-dealt-fresh-blow.html
By Bruno Waterfield
3:21PM BST 06 Oct 2011
The ban will apply to cannabis with a high level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is expected to be set at 15 per cent.
THC is the chemical compound in marijuana which gives users a "high" and that, in sufficient quantities, has been blamed for causing addiction and psychotic reactions.
The decision will be a major blow to the country's cannabis cafés because some 80 per cent of the marijuana sold is grown in the Netherlands, with a THC content of between 15 and 18 per cent.
Dutch "coffee shops" are facing an onslaught of regulation and restrictions in a country where it is legal to sell cannabis but where it remains illegal to grow it.
Cannabis cafés near to schools have been closed and in a bid to crack down on drug tourism the authorities are planning to limit sales to people who have a "grass pass", a document restricted to Dutch residents.
Earlier this year, a government commission recommended making the change because new hybrid "skunk" cannabis varieties, grown locally and illegally, were as dangerous as hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Research by the Trimbos Institute, a Dutch mental health charity, has found that the popularity of the strong cannabis is pushing out milder imported marijuana.
"Buyers ask for the most popular and the strongest weed," it concluded.
But the owners of cannabis cafés have protested that the plan to rate "skunk" as a class A drug will be unworkable because the criminalisation of marijuana farming means that proper inspections of THC are not carried out.
"They are imposing something on us which we cannot control,' said Marc Josemans of the national coffee shop association Landelijk Overleg Coffeeshopbonden. "We welcome quality controls but we need to have the opportunity to control it."
How Has Cannabis Helped You? Please tell us: http://www.marijuanapassion.com/foru...ad.php?t=61193
7GE's Strain Review(s): http://www.marijuanapassion.com/foru...ad.php?t=61963
"When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty."
“I am not the lifestyle police.”- (my new hero) Pitkin County, CO Sheriff Joe DiSalvo
|Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)|
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Cannabis Oil Fights Cancer||FruityBud||Marijuana News||3||09-05-2013 09:14 AM|
|Dutch city wants to grow cannabis in a cooperative||FruityBud||Marijuana News||1||03-11-2011 01:20 PM|
|Closure of massive Dutch cannabis cafe was right, says highest court||FruityBud||Marijuana News||0||03-10-2011 02:28 PM|
|Foreign cannabis users seek alternatives to Dutch coffee shop||FruityBud||Marijuana News||0||02-01-2011 02:29 PM|