The Netherlands tolerates the sale of soft drugs in ‘coffee shops’. A coffee shop is an establishment where cannabis may be sold subject to certain strict conditions, but no alcoholic drinks may be sold or consumed. The Dutch government does not prosecute members of the public for possession or use of small quantities of soft drugs. However, in the Netherlands as elsewhere, drugs cause nuisance and crime. The government is responding by imposing tougher rules on coffee shops and acting to curb trafficking in hard drugs and dismantle cannabis-growing operations. Addiction care is available for those who are addicted to drugs.
Design of cannabis cultivation experiment to be clarified in the course of 2018
09-03-2018 | 11:00
The design of the 'Closed coffee shop chain experiment' will be clarified in the course of 2018. Minister of Justice and...
Knottnerus appointed chair of advisory committee on experiment in weed cultivation
23-02-2018 | 13:22
Prof. J.A. (André) Knottnerus has been appointed chair of the independent advisory committee 'Experiment in closed chain for...
Legislative proposal for closing drug houses submitted to House of Representatives
21-08-2017 | 14:51
The legislative proposal by Minister Blok (Security and Justice) for improving the approach to drug-related crime was submitted...