Strong cannabis no longer soft drug

5th October 2011, Comments 3 comments

The most potent cannabis is to be counted as a hard drug in the Netherlands in future, RTL television news reports. The cabinet took the decision on Friday, government sources say.

The hashish and marijuana presently sold in the Netherlands contain an average of 18 percent of the psychoactive substance THC. Continual high doses of THC can lead to addiction or even cause psychosis. Under the new policy, cannabis containing high THC levels will have the same status as heroin or cocaine.

The cabinet based its decision on recommendations by the are not legal in the Netherlands, but small quantities of cannabis are allowed to be sold openly in so-called coffeeshops.

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3 Comments To This Article

  • Bob posted:

    on 6th October 2011, 09:54:12 - Reply

    The last paragraph is missing a full sentence somehow. Your copy editor sucks.
  • Jennifer posted:

    on 6th October 2011, 03:55:50 - Reply

    It's not in place yet. If you post something, get your facts straight.
    There is only a proposition to do so, however the coffeeshop owners are (of course) objecting to this. The proposition will appear before the cabinet this Friday. FYI.
  • Simon Cleminton posted:

    on 6th October 2011, 00:15:54 - Reply

    So this is going to be the line to ban it? Yeah, we saw through that.....