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Medical Extracts in the Netherlands: An Uncertain Tightrope

In the Netherlands, cannabis products were already available when draconian penalties for cannabis offenses still reigned supreme in California, Colorado, and Vancouver. However, while many states and countries have relaxed their cannabis legislation, the rules on cannabis sales in Dutch coffeeshops have tightened gradually since the 1980s. Today, the shops must adhere to a growingly restrictive set of rules:

  • Sales limits of 5 grams per person
  • No products with more than 15% THC *
  • No more than 500 grams of cannabis in stock per store
  • Oils or extracts are considered hard drugs and cannot be sold

THC and CBD oil are listed as “tetrahydrocannabinol” and “hemp oil” on List I of the Opium Act, and are thus considered hard drugs by Dutch authorities. Considered separate from “soft drugs” such as herbal cannabis or hash, the sale of any hard drugs in the Netherlands is strictly prohibited. In addition to paying a high fine, a coffeeshop caught selling cannabis oil can lose its license.

Alongside its coffeeshops, the Netherlands has one of the oldest medical cannabis laws in the world. However, not even this 14-year-old legacy allows patients to use the arguably more effective cannabis extracts. Aside from a single unrealistic exemption, extracts are illegal for medical use.

“The only legal cannabis extracts which are available in the Netherlands are produced by a pharmacy for a patient who has a recommendation from a doctor (pharmaceutical compounding). Only GMP-certified pharmacies are allowed to make these preparations,” as the Office of Medicinal Cannabis (OMC) stated at the request of Marijuana.com.

But due to the exorbitant expense of that pharmaceutical extract, the procedure is hardly ever done.

In the neighboring Germany, the situation is the same. Here, patients pay for their herbal medicine and an extra 400 Euro to extract five grams of herbal cannabis. To produce one gram of extract requires about five grams of Bedrocan-Cannabis (6-22% THC, depending on the strain), which leads to the astronomic cost of a few hundred Euros per gram of cannabis concentrate.

Self-Help as an Act of Civil Disobedience

Dutch patients who need the highly-effective cannabis extracts are much better off enrolled in other programs than the state’s medical cannabis program.

Currently, there are several initiatives for medicinal cultivation and the production of extracts. The Frisian Medical Club Suver Nuver Medical Social Club is a foundation run by volunteers with the help of patients, growers, and extractors. The foundation in Leeuwarden serves several purposes. Their main function provides a meeting place where members of the foundation can share their experiences. Furthermore, the foundation’s property offers amenities such as an exercise room and a studio for musicians. So far, authorities in the Netherlands have tolerated the open distribution of THC oil by Suver Nuver. According to the foundation, their average members are women in their 50s who are completely cannabis-naive. The foundation operates clubs in five Dutch cities with 7,000 members total throughout the Netherlands.

In Amsterdam, Jan Dijkstra and his patient association sell organic THC oil, while in Tilburg, Marian Hutten en Serge de Bruin established the Foundation Patient Group Medical Cannabis Users (PGMCG). Together with the city’s mayor, the foundation performed groundbreaking work to supply cannabis patients with THC and CBD extracts. This group is lucky, as Peter Noordanus, the mayor of Tilburg, keeps an open mind toward small, home-based cannabis use, and was convinced to support the PGMCG. Different from other cities, his administration even tolerates a grower’s starter kit containing cannabis seeds and gardening tools. Thanks to this unusual coalition in Tilburg, cannabis patients and their needs are a higher priority than the outrageous rules for personal cannabis cultivation.

The Government is in a Tight Spot

The Leeuwarden-based Suver Nuver wanted to expand the Tilburg model nationwide and asked the city of Leeuwarden’s Mayor Ferd Crone for a collective cultivation license for all members. Though Crone was in favor of the idea, he denied the request, citing licensed cannabis cultivation as a federal issue and not a local mayor’s task in the Netherlands.

Although the clubs are obviously violating the law, the public prosecutor’s office has so far kept away — similar to the toleration policy of the coffeeshops that began in the 1970s. Since then, law enforcement has abandoned the pursuit of coffeeshops, although the sale of cannabis continues to be a criminal offense. The shops are tolerated if they follow the municipal authority’s given rules.

In contrast to most EU countries, toleration is fundamentally possible in the Netherlands in the case of offenses which are “not of public interest” in the opinion of the police and public prosecutor’s office. Cannabis advocates are optimistic that the authorities will handle the persecution of patients who make and use extracts the same way. To be frank, the model deserves not only toleration but a 100% legal basis.

*Since the purchase of cannabis products is illegal but tolerated, no certification guidelines exist for the sale of cannabis. The upper limit of 15% THC has therefore led to the fact that most shops do not provide information on the THC content so as to not endanger their license. If a product containing more than 15% THC is sold, the staff can claim ignorance.

 

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‘Live Free’ and Smoke: New Hampshire Decriminalizes Marijuana

New Hampshire joins other New England states and decriminalizes marijuana.

On Tuesday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation that will dramatically reduce penalties for individuals caught in possession of small amounts of marijuana or cannabis concentrates (a.k.a. hashish).

Soon to be a civil violation as opposed to a misdemeanor offense, the change to New Hampshire’s marijuana law is scheduled to take effect in approximately 60 days.

Aimed at reducing penalties for personally possessing small amounts of pot to a mere ticket, allowing offenders to “pay fines by mail,” New Hampshire’s policy makers trust the new law will dramatically reduce the time, money, and resources spent on such trivial cases.

smoking a joint in the forest

‘Live Free’ and Smoke

The new law decriminalizes the personal possession of less than 5 grams of extracts (concentrates/hashish) and no more than three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana. No longer wasting their time on recreational smokers, New Hampshire’s law enforcement and court system will finally be able to allocate more assets to cracking down on real crime.

Historically tenacious, the constituents of New Hampshire take their liberties seriously – and their state representatives know it. Passed with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, Gov. Sununu informed the Washington Times earlier this year that House Bill 640 is “common sense marijuana reform.”

Bipartisan-backed, the new law converts a possession case of no more than three-quarters of an ounce into a simple civil violation. Enforced by a $100 fine for adult offenders, repeat offenders caught in possession of more than three-quarters of an ounce of weed on four or more occasions will face a Class B misdemeanor charge. Once the law goes into full effect, those unlucky individuals under the age of 18 caught with excessive stash will be subject to a court-mandated, substance-abuse assessment.

A victory for those living in the “live free or die” state, while not quite legalization – decriminalization is significantly better than the status quo.

Photos courtesy of Allie Beckett

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7 Unconventional Cannabis Products Baby Boomers Will Love

cannabis products of july

You might not consider “smoking a joint with friends” being on most Baby Boomers’ to-do list this summer, but you’d be surprised how open minded the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are when it comes to cannabis these days. As we enter the smack-dab middle of July, here are the seven offbeat cannabis products that keep the greatest generation glowing all summer long.

Who couldn’t use a little stardust?

Stardust Instant THC is a fascinating instant tea crafted by Ed Rosenthal; this powder infusion agent offers 15mg of THC per single serve packet. A comfortable potency for marijuana newbies and just enough of a kick for seasoned enthusiasts.

Refreshingly elegant

Keef Cola’s Lemon Sparkling Water presents a classy way to cool off while engaging your endocannabinoid system. This glistening beverage exudes a tart lemon flavor and is infused with premium California marijuana.

Petra! Petra! Read all about it!

Kiva Petra Mints come in two invigorating flavors: Moroccan Mint and Eucalyptus. These microdose mints offer 2.5mg of THC per mint, making safe dosing for beginners a breeze. Additionally, these refreshing mints are quite conveniently discreet.

Chocolate that entices more than your taste buds

To Whom It May offers an incredible palette of chocolate flavors to aid with any of life’s moments. Work, Play, Create, or Relieve — To Whom It May crafted confections for all your concerns.

All natural relief that lasts, and lasts

Pure Ratios CBD:THC Patch is a simple solution to long-lasting pain, simply adhere to your skin and the patch releases cannabis into the system for up to 96 hours. Comprised of GMO-free all natural medicine, without the use of chemical enhancers.

July flowers in cannabis showers

Drop a drip of Treat Well’s Wellness Tincture, a phenomenal blend of non-psychoactive cannabinoids that are bursting with antioxidants and terpenes. The Wellness Tincture acts as a preventative to skin damage and promotes overall wellness, while also effectively targeting pain.

Luxurious cream for happy summer skin

Last but certainly not least is newly launched Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics Pain Cream. Infused with premium artisanal ingredients, this THC and CBD cream will alleviate pain while providing the care your skin dreams about.

 

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