A advisory commission on drugs has stated in their report that cannabis with more than 15% THC should be seen as a hard drug, similar to cocaine and heroin. The commission Garretsen states that strong cannabis should be banned. The Minister of Public Health and the Minister of Justice agree with the commissions conclusions.
Currently 75% of cannabis sold in coffeeshops contains more than 15% THC. The Minister of Public Heath states that there is a much larger risk of addiction and mental health problems with strong cannabis.
The platform of cannabis retailers states this is a storm in a glass of water. "Cannabis is the only drug that does not cause deaths. It has a low toxicity. Something you cannot say about alcohol. We are not going to ban whiskey or other strong liquor, are we?" Says Willem Panders.
The socialist party states that the optimal way to gain control over the quality and THC content of cannabis is to regulate cannabis cultivation. Cannabis cultivation is highly illegal in The Netherlands.
In recent years the Dutch government has restricted coffeeshops in many ways. It has closed down half of the cannabis retailers, for being situated too close to schools or the border. Coffeeshops in the Amsterdam center are closing to change the cities imago. A weed-pass is going to restrict coffeeshops from selling to foreigners and limits the number of total customers per coffeeshops to 1000. Coffeeshops that have been too successful have been raided and prosecuted. Dutch coffeeshops can posses a maximum of 500 grams of cannabis. This is not enough for the average coffeeshop to last through a day. The supply of cannabis to coffeeshops is illegal.
The number of coffeeshops has drastically been reduced and I expect this trend to continue in the coming years.
Dutch government wants to ban strong cannabis