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Dutch cannabis cafe ban set for May

Posted on December 17th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

EuropeNew legislation to ban non-Dutch residents from cannabis cafes in the southern Netherlands should be enforced no later than May 1, the Dutch justice ministry said Dec. 16. The law is set to be amended on Jan. 1, but there will be a grace period until May for coffee shops to set up a "new administrative system." The centre-right government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte plans to instate a "cannabis card," reserved for residents only and obligatory when visiting one of the country's 670 licensed coffee shops.

Dutch police demand right to toke

Posted on December 12th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cannabisPolice in Amsterdam are complaining about new rules barring them from smoking cannabis while off duty. Officers in the Dutch capital, famous for its tolerant drug policy, have been told they must set the public "a good moral example." The ban, due to take effect on Jan. 1, will make the force the first in the Netherlands to bar officers from indulging while not at work.

Amsterdam cops stage first-ever raid of Cannabis Cup

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

For the first time in its 24-year history, the annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam was raided by police Nov. 23. Some 100 armed and uniformed Dutch police officers entered the Cannabis Cup Expo at the Borchland Sportcentrum venue, occupying the building and separating the hundreds of attendees from exhibitors, who were instructed to remain at their tables. David Holland, event counsel, Tweeted: "Police are ensuring that all vendors are in compliance with the 500 gram limit under the Opium Law for licensed vendors at the venue." Small quantities of cannabis were reportedly confiscated, but no arrests were made. The Cup awards and entertainment proceeded that night as planned at the city's Melkweg club. (Legalization Nation, CelebStoner, Nov. 28; Legalization Nation, Vancouver Sun, Nov. 23)

Maastricht says cannabis cafe card plan to be delayed

Posted on November 8th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

cannabisA majority of  Maastricht city councillors on Nov. 7 called upon the Dutch government to delay for at least a year its plans to force cannabis cafes to become members-only clubs. The southern city is also calling on other border towns to join its campaign for a delay to the new rules, which the government says are necessary to combat public nuisance and organized crime. Maastricht says it needs more time to work out a system for enforcing the new rules, and to take a decision on extra policing.

Dutch to reschedule high-potency cannabis

Posted on October 9th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

EuropeThe Dutch government announced Oct. 7 that it will reclassify high-potency cannabis, placing it in the same category as hard drugs, claiming that THC levels in the strains have dramatically increased over the past generation. The move means that coffee shops will be required to remove the popular potent varieties from their shelves. Dutch politicians say high-strength strains, locally dubbed "skunk," are more dangerous than cannabis of a generation ago. Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen said that in the future, anything containing more than 15% THC will be treated the same as cocaine and ecstasy.

Cannabis genome cracked

Posted on August 21st, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

cannabisA small Massachusetts-based company called Medicinal Genomics has announced the sequencing of the entire genomes of the species cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, opening the way for more research into the therapeutic effects of the plant—including its potential for treating cancer and inflammatory diseases. The company published the genetic code Aug. 18 on Amazon.com's EC2 cloud-computing system.

Maastricht to bar French, Italians from cannabis cafes

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cannabisCannabis coffeeshops in the Dutch city of Maastricht have agreed to bar French, Italian and Spanish tourists, reserving access to Dutch, German and Belgian nationals—ostensibly to cut back on noise, traffic and other disturbances associated with cannabis tourism. The idea seems to be that tourists from neighboring countries are better behaved and do not bring their cars. "The authorities have signalled that the coffee shops will be shut if the problems do not ease," said Marc Josemans, president of the Maastricht Association of Coffee Shops.

Dutch Council of State deals blow to recrim plan

Posted on July 3rd, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cannabisThe Dutch government's plan to stop tourists from purchasing cannabis was apparently set back June 29 by a decision by the country's top legal advisory body. The Council of State, ruling on a 2006 Maastricht ordinance barring foreigners from "coffee shops," said the city had overstepped its authority, because cannabis sale is already theoretically illegal in the Netherlands by national law—even if under the law goes virtually unenforced under the country's tolerance policy.

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