The government is planning to classify strong strains of marijuana and cannabis as a Class A drug alongside heroin and cocaine, justice minister Ivo Opstelten told parliament in briefing on Monday.
‘Hard drugs have no place in the coffee shops and in the future they will only be able to offer cannabis with a THC level of below 15%,’ the minister said. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.
The Netherlands has some 500 cannabis cafes, known as coffee shops, where people can buy up to five grammes of the drug for their personal use.
Opstelten did not say when the THC restriction is to be introduced but according to RTL news, it is unlikely to be this year.
Last year a report for the government said marijuana with more than 15% THC is so dangerous it should be classed alongside heroin and cocaine.
Experts say the THC content of Dutch-grown marijuana is between 15% and 18%. Some 75% of the marijuana sold in the country’s cannabis cafes is grown in the Netherlands.
Source: http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/dutch-new 27th Nov. 2012