Cannabis

inspectie-hennepplantage-in-woning
Sep 4 '18 15:30

Thirteen people were arrested during raids against a criminal network around organized cannabis cultivation in the Nieuwstraatkwartier in Almelo on Tuesday. The police also confiscated 13 vehicles and a firearm and broke down three cannabis farms, NU.nl reports.

The police have been investigating subversive activities in the neighborhood for some time. Over the past year 18 cannabis farms were dismantled as part of this investigation. 

Aug 28 '18 09:00

Emergency services in Amsterdam increasingly have to treat tourists - both foreign and Dutch - who smoked too much weed. Over the past 15 years the demand for psychiatric crisis beds among foreign tourists almost quadrupled, Het Parool reports after speaking with emergency services in the Dutch capital.

Cannabis plants on a bike rack in Steenwijk, 21 August 2018
Aug 23 '18 14:00

"We sometimes see crazy things", the Steenwikerland police wrote on Facebook after catching a man transporting four large cannabis plants through Steenwijk on his car's bike rack. 

The man was pulled over and his cannabis plants were confiscated, according to RTL Nieuws. He was not arrested. It is now up to the Public Prosecutor to decide whether he will be prosecuted.

"There is a tolerance policy on drugs in the Netherlands", the police said. But the possession of cannabis plants is still illegal. 

inspectie-hennepplantage-in-woning
Jul 12 '18 10:10

The police discovered a very professional, computer-run cannabis farm in a shed near a home on Dorpstraat in Sint Willebrord late on Wednesday afternoon. The cannabis farm had capacity for 1,400 plants, the police said in a statement.

The cannabis farm was discovered during searches the police and the municipality of Rucphen did in buildings in Sprundel, Rucphen and Sint Willebrord, following multiple MMA reports from citizens. In one room of the shed 850 mature, harvest-ready cannabis plants were found. A second room contained 580 bins ready for planting. 

Police officer holding a cannabis plant
Jun 28 '18 10:01

The Public Prosecutor calculated that Noord-Brabant coffeeshop chain The Grass Company's illegal turnover amounted to over 20 million euros. The Prosecutor wants the company to pay that entire amount back, the company's lawyer Sidney Smeets confirmed to ANP after reports in Brabants Dagblad. 

The Public Prosecutor confirmed that a confiscation procedure has been initiated, but would not say anything about the amount involved, according to the news wire. 

Smoking a joint
Jun 20 '18 08:38

If it is up to interim mayor Jozias van Aartsen, Amsterdam will not participate in an experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. According to him, the situation in the Dutch capital deviates too much from that in other municipalities, Het Parool reports.

Police at the scene of a fatal shooting on Hoogheuvelstraat in Oss, 4 June 2018
Jun 5 '18 10:10

A man , was identified as 30-year-old Peter Netten. He was previously convicted for storing cannabis in his grandmother's shed, Omroep Brabant reports.

Netten was gunned down at a caravan park on Hoogheuvelstraat around 2:30 a.m. on Monday. Emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene. 

inspectie-hennepplantage-in-woning
Jun 4 '18 15:00

A large cannabis plantation was found during a police raid on a factory building in the Groningen town of Foxhol on Monday. The plantation contained many thousands of cannabis plants, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The building is located on Avebeweg on WA Scholtenpark. Until 2012 it served as the head office of Avebe, after which it was sold. The police broke into the building with a chainsaw, according to the newspaper.

inspectie-hennepplantage-in-woning
May 24 '18 07:49

Illegal cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands is far larger than previously thought, Statistics Netherlands said in a revision of old economic figures. According to the stats office, many more illegal weed growers remain below the police radar than previously assumed.

In 2015 the stats office assumed that 40 percent of illegal cannabis cultivators were caught by the police. But new information from the National Police indicate that its more realistic to assume that around 20 percent of weed growers are caught. 

Ecstasy pills confiscate in a dark web drug bust in Brunssum, 16 May 2018
May 18 '18 15:20

On Tuesday the police busted a drug network in Brunssum, Limburg. Four men were arrested for trading drugs on the dark web, and sending drugs all across the world through the regular postal service, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday. 

This investigation was launched after PostNL found drugs in packages during a drug check. According to the Prosecutor, the suspects had clients all over the world and sent drugs, mostly ecstasy, to their clients in normal postal packages and envelopes.

15 kilos of weed found under a bed in a Bergen op Zoom home, 9 May 2018
May 10 '18 12:50

The police found 80 thousand euros worth of cannabis in a home on Eikstraat in Bergen op Zoom. The drugs were hidden under a mattress, and took up the entire surface area of the bed, the police said on Facebook.

A total of 15 kilograms of cannabis was hidden under the bed.

Three people were in the home when the police raided it on Wednesday. They were taken into custody for questioning. 

Arriva
May 8 '18 13:50

A passenger saw an Arriva bus driver smoking a joint shortly before driving his bus from Tilburg station on Sunday evening. Passenger Rory Jonkergouw reported this to Arriva. The company takes the incident seriously and is investigating what happened, NOS reports.

Jonkergouw told Omroep Brabant that the bus driver quickly turned away when he saw him coming. "But there is no doubt about it." According to him, the bus driver took a lot of risks. "He drove over two lanes at once and very fast around turns. Then he knocked down several pylons that were on the road for work."

Albert I promenade in Oostende, Belgium
Apr 19 '18 09:28

A young Dutch man was killed when he fell from a seventh floor balcony in Oostende, Belgium on Saturday. The initial results of the local police's investigation indicate that he jumped off the balcony himself, under the influence of a spacecake, Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports.

inspectie-hennepplantage-in-woning
Apr 3 '18 07:30

Between six and 10 Dutch municipalities will experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation and sale, according to a bill sent to the police, the Public Prosecutor and the Association of Dutch municipalities, among others, the Volkskrant reports.

The experiment will last for five years and two months, one year of which will be used on preparation. Cannabis cultivators will be recruited through a tender. For the period of the experiment, they will only be allowed to grow weed for the experiment, and not for other sales.

Tweede_kamer
Mar 23 '18 13:40

A man who by on Wednesday, apologized. He did it as an "act of love", and not because he was depressed, he said to Omroep Gelderland.

Tweede Kamer
Mar 23 '18 08:36

A man who, was trying to commit suicide in an attempt to "shake politicians awake", the 65-year-old cannabis activist from Groenlo said in a suicide note posted on Facebook, the Telegraaf reports.

The man survived his attempted suicide and is currently in hospital. 

Police officer holding a cannabis plant
Feb 19 '18 11:50

The police arrested six people in the Geldrop and Helmond region on Monday morning. They are suspected of cannabis cultivation, cannabis trafficking and money laundering, the police announced in a statement.

The suspects, between the ages of 26 and 51 years, were arrested at 5:00 a.m. in a joint action involving the police, Public Prosecution Service, and Tax Authority. Multiple addresses, including the suspects' homes, are now being searched. Searches are happening in Geldrop, Helmond, Deurne and Liessel.

Jan 26 '18 11:50

Between 2014 and 2016 the number of recorded deaths caused by a drug overdose nearly doubled, according to the National Drug Monitor by the Trimbos Institute and research and documentation center WODC, NOS reports reports.

Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Jan 19 '18 14:20

Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt smoked his very fist joint at the age of 86 on Wednesday. Despite introducing the cannabis tolerance policy as Minister of Justice in 1976, Van Agt never actually tried weed himself, the association of Dutch coffeeshops PCN said on its site.

Van Agt smoked his first joint on the day that he was awarded the Koos Zwart Award, an prize awarded by the PCN to people who made an extraordinary effort in legalizing and normalizing cannabis. 

Cannabis
Dec 13 '17 11:59

The demand for medical marijuana is soaring in the Netherlands. Over the past five years the number of doctor's prescriptions for medical marijuana grew by more than 400 percent to over 50 thousand this year, according to figures from the foundation of pharmaceutical statistics SFK, AD reports. 

Soft drugs seized in Amsterdam Zuidoost in an investigation into an Irish-Dutch drug gang, 15 Nov 2017
Nov 17 '17 17:20

The Amsterdam police arrested eight men in the Dutch capital on Wednesday in a large drug investigation with the Irish authorities. The suspects, four Dutch men, three Irish men and a Belgian, were arrested in different locations throughout the capital, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The police also seized over 150 thousand euros in cash, 175 kilograms of soft drugs, and a computer that generates bitcoins from two homes in Amsterdam Zuidoost. 

aanhouding-op-straat
Nov 17 '17 09:56

A number of Dutch, Belgians and Irish persons were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering in Ireland. A total of 13 suspects were arrested and the Irish police seized at least 7 million euros worth of cocaine and cannabis, RTL Nieuws reports.

Cannabis
Nov 7 '17 15:50

A total of 25 municipalities have signed up so far to take part in the Rutte III government', NOS reports. The government wants to start the experiment next year by letting eight to ten municipalities regulate the marijuana cultivation for their regions. 

Ahmed Abou Taleb
Nov 2 '17 10:50

Rotterdam plans to soon start growing its own "municipal weed", mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said on Wednesday. The Rotterdam mayor already spoke to new Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus about participating in the new government's "I was one of the first mayors to talk to Minister of Justice Grapperhaus.

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