View Full Version : proposal to prohibit the sale of hashish resin

03-02-2012, 03:25 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">AMSTERDAM, March 1 (Reuters) - The Netherlands moved to ban the sale of potent hashish cannabis on Thursday, eroding 40 years of liberal drug policy, over fears that the proceeds were flowing to organised crime gangs.

A parliamentary proposal to prohibit the sale of hashish resin in the Netherlands' famous coffee shops had the backing of both parties in the Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition. The sale of marijuana, the dried bud and leaves of the cannabis plant, will not be affected.

"Almost all of the hash that is sold in Dutch coffee shops is smuggled into the Netherlands by international criminal gangs from countries like Afghanistan, Morocco and Lebanon," said Ard van der Steur, a member of the ruling Liberal Party.

The ban on 'hash', derived from the potent TCH crystals on marijuana buds, will likely be in force by the end of 2013 and possibly sooner if changes to the law are swiftly implemented, he said.

The Netherlands is one of the few countries in the world where marijuana and hash are sold openly, but moves to crackdown on its sale have risen under the conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Another of those backing a ban, Christian Democrat legislator Coskun Coruz, said he hoped the ban would reduce consumption.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Studies show <u>marijuana use in the Netherlands is roughly half that of the United States, where it is illegal</u></span> </div></div>

The Netherlands: Hashish Cannabis Sale Set To Be Banned (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/netherlands-hashish-cannabis-sale_n_1314837.html)


03-03-2012, 01:17 AM
Hmmmmm -- this wont work -- koz now they will giv it out free.