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5th December 2022
23rd November 2022
Netherlands: The European Court of Justice has ruled that a Russian cancer patient currently being treated in the Netherlands cannot be deported because he uses medicinal cannabis, which is illegal in Russia. The person submitted several asylum applications in the Netherlands, the last of which was rejected in 2020. Following this a return decision was issued, denying him the right to remain in the Netherlands. He appealed to the District Court of The Hague, which referred the question to the European court.
13th October 2022
Netherlands: Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema told a congress on organised crime, with some European ministers present, that banning drugs does not work, advocating instead the legalisation and strict regulation of cocaine and other drugs, media reports. There was also reported criticism of a government proposal to bring certain substances not known to be damaging to public health under the scope of the Opium Act, banning them as a precautionary measure. This would include synthetic cannabinoids, among a number of substances with a chemical structure similar to others with a known psychoactive effect.
3rd October 2022
31st August 2022
Netherlands (Bonaire): The newly established Cannabis Association Bonaire has begun recruiting members and sponsors with the aim of lobbying the government for “a well-regulated, legal cannabis industry on Bonaire for medical and recreational purposes,” media reports. The Caribbean island of Bonaire, with a population of 20,000, is officially a municipality of the Netherlands but reportedly has no coffee shops and no policy of tolerance.
22nd August 2022
3rd August 2022
Netherlands: The Council of State has issued advice on a bill that would add an 11th municipality to the cannabis experiment, media reports. The Council of State – an advisory body which must be consulted by the cabinet before any proposed legislation is submitted to parliament – asks the government to explain why the bill has not been put forward for an online consultation.
18th July 2022
Europe: A ministerial-level consultation on the legal regulation of cannabis for non-medical and non-scientific use took place on Friday between officials from Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, and the Netherlands. A joint statement adopted by all except the Dutch representative says: “a structured multilateral exchange on the vast spectrum of cannabis related issues contributes to sharing knowledge, best practices and experiences and foster finding solutions including possible regulation in order to move forward, as the status quo is not a tenable option.”
11th July 2022
Netherlands: The ministries of justice and public health have warned that a planned 2024 assessment of the cannabis experiment agreed on by the coalition will not be possible, because of delays in the experiment, media reports. So far there only are nine of the intended ten designated growers, and the first reportedly started growing only at the beginning of June. Another problem is that some growers are struggling to get a bank account.
21st June 2022
Netherlands: An amendment clarifying requirements for coffee shop owners and experimental cannabis growers has come into effect after being published last week in the Government Gazette. The changes concern the amount of unsealed cannabis that can be seen and smelled by a coffee shop customer before a purchase is made.
20th June 2022
Netherlands: The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is currently investigating whether the classification of drugs under the Opium Act is still appropriate, media reports. The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. However, it is not yet clear how re-classification might affect cannabis policy.
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