The Lanaken city council has decided to tackle the drugs problem by using drones and heat sensing cameras to track down marijuana plantations. The work group also wants a cooperation action from within the euro region and the ability to execute 'morality investigations' into tenants.
Two young men who were driving under the influence of marijuana narrowly escaped serious injuries when they slammed their car so hard into the back of a truck that it dragged them along for a while.
In the northern provinces of the Netherlands, 675 marijuana farms have been seized in 2013.
The lack of control on marijauana sales means that foreigners are still able to buy weed at 85 percent of coffeeshops in the Netherlands, the NOS reports.
Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD), is against the idea of regulating marijuana cultivation, favoring the tackling of criminality and nuisance.
Police in Brabant have dismantled eleven cannabis farms. Around 2700 plants have been confiscated, and six suspects have been arrested, including two Bulgarians.
The appellate court in The Hague has granted Rotterdam permission to forbid blowing in public place.
Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten has to investigate what percentage of marijuana cultivation in the Netherlands is being used for export.
Thirteen coffee shops being forced by the city to stay closed during daytime hours have joined together in a lawsuit against Amsterdam. A law passed by the municipality last year states that coffee shops selling soft drugs in close proximity to schools must stay closed until 6 p.m.
Paramedics worked on the man for 15-20 minutes before transferring him to hospital. Police said his injuries were still critical, as of 1:30 p.m.
The mayors of 25 Dutch municipalities are increasing pressure on the government to permit experiments with regulated marijuana production, the Volkskrant reports.
The police arrested ten people on Thursday, at various places in Brabant, in connection with illegal cannabis. 14 Hemp nurseries were dismantled, two hemp dryers and there were five addresses located where the found cannabis plants.
In 12 different cities and towns in Brabant, the police went energetically to work. On the special action day on hemp, the police took action in Bergen op Zoom, Best, Eindhoven, Etten-Leur, Eindhoven, Helmond, Kruisland, Loosbroek, Mierlo, Roosendaal, Terheijden and Oudenbosch.
The round up of some of this week's most noteworthy events and news stories features a video of a mysterious orb hovering on a Dutch lake, an extortion story on home grown marijuana, a transfer of a U.S.-based test jet to the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, a launching of a new Free West Papua Campaign office, the death of a famous Dutch Jazz artist, and a local zoo’s growing concern over their baboons’ mysterious behavior.
It is a Thursday afternoon in March 2012. Herman just drove back from work when he noticed three large, nondescript vans near his driveway. Police officers were surrounding the 44-year-old’s home, and handfuls of curious neighbors were standing on the other side of the street.
On Wednesday, three Dutch coffee shops located in Maastricht went on trial for selling cannabis to foreigners.