Strong cannabis no longer soft drug
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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