In this series of articles, we are going to bring you an overview of cannabis laws across the globe and how the legal landscape is changing all over – often for the better. For a number of reasons, the obvious starting point for this series is our beloved Holland. Whenever we meet tourists here or travel abroad, we often encounter a general level of curiosity as to how decriminalisation works here. Holland has become the beacon for cannabis enthusiasts the world over, but many don’t realise quite how precarious the situation has become here – with misinformation constantly swirling.
Contrary to popular belief cannabis is not legal in The Netherlands. The abundance of cosy Coffeeshops that can be found all over the central area of Amsterdam might suggest otherwise, but the sale and even possession of cannabis is officially forbidden in Holland; having never officially been legalized due mainly to pressure from European neighbours and the US…