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WILL A FOUR YEAR LONG EXPERIMENT HEAD THE NETHERLANDS TOWARDS LEGALISATION OF CANNABIS? Lara Smit

Even though Amsterdam is infamous all over the world for its coffeeshops, selling a wide range of different types of weed and hash, the fact that cannabis is not officially legal in the Netherlands, is a widely unknown fact. However, the introduction of the ‘controlled cannabis supply chain experiment’, might actually change that. Right now coffeeshops are allowed to sell cannabis because it is tolerated by the Dutch government, as long as they follow certain strict rules. Coffeeshops are not allowed to have more than 500 grams of product in their possession, they can sell a maximum of 5 grams per person per day, they are not allowed to sell to minors and they cannot serve alcohol. Supplying a coffeeshop with cannabis is officially illegal, this is why the term ‘back-door policy’ is often used to describe the current system. Long story short: coffeeshops are allowed to sell, but not allowed to buy.