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9th March 2023
27th February 2023
23rd February 2023
Netherlands: Amsterdam wants to participate in the regulated closed coffee shop chain experiment, which has faced numerous delays over the last few years, media reports. The city authorities are currently considering which district should participate in the experiment.
13th February 2023
24th January 2023
Netherlands: The mayors of Breda and Tilburg expect a decision in February on their pleas to allow coffee shops in their municipalities to sell regulated cannabis later this year, press reports. They made their appeal when it was announced in early December that the state-controlled cannabis experiment had been postponed again and would start in 2024.
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
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