Strong cannabis prohibited from coffeeshops
Dutch police will now patrol coffeeshops to monitor the sale of cannabis with high levels of the psychoactive substance THC. The move comes after the cabinet agreed Friday to consider marijuana with THC levels over 15 percent as a hard drug.
According to Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten, the police will occasionally take weed samples and have them tested at the Dutch Forensic Institute. He stressed that the responsibility lies with coffeeshops to monitor the levels of THC in the products they sell.
In a statement released Friday, the government said it wants to reduce the consumption and production of strong cannabis. The drug’s listing under the Dutch Opium Act, however, will remain unchanged.
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