Tag Archive: Joint

Oct 06

Joint Custody: the Hash Bar Highs of Amsterdam

The Netherlands realised back in the 70s that fighting the “war on drugs” was also fighting a losing battle. Although almost all other countries in the world continue the struggle, the Dutch sought to minimise the impact of drugs on their society, using more forward thinking tactics. They decided to make a clear distinction between soft drugs (cannabis, magic mushrooms etc) and addictive hard drugs (heroin and cocaine). This division allowed the authorities to regulate and tax the cannabis trade, and put far more resources into the cracking down on drugs which did the real damage to society.

Strictly speaking, cannabis is still not legal in Amsterdam; instead it is “decriminalised” – adults without a license to grow or sell can possess a maximum of 5 grams without reprimand, although in practice, possession of up to 30 grams is permitted. When this policy first came into effect, pioneering coffee-shops exploited the situation by openly selling cannabis. At first, they were frequently raided by the police, but by 1980, a level of tolerance was reached; as long as there were never any hard drugs on site and the owners were discreet, the police would let them be.


In the early days, most coffee-shops imported hash to sell, which obviously created legal problems, as they were purchasing and trafficking goods that were illegal outside of Holland. This lead to the growth in Dutch cultivated cannabis plants (known as Nederwiet), which has now become a science with hundreds of different strains available which are the result of cross breeding programmes. Holland’s climate is not particularly well suited to cannabis cultivation, so most of the high quality weed is grown indoors under artificial lighting. In the same way that Scotland and France have their whiskey and wine connoisseurs, much expertise and excellence surrounds Holland’s cannabis growing industry.

Coffee-shops must be granted a license before they are permitted to sell cannabis and the market is closely regulated. They are not permitted to advertise their greenery so you won’t find flashing neon signs saying “buy cannabis here!” – instead, buy a guidebook to find out which cafes are coffee-shops and then when you enter, approach the bar and ask for the “menu”. You will then be presented with a list of many different varieties of marijuana and hash, which are sold by weight.

Businesses that rely on tourism, such as hostels and hotels in Amsterdam have benefited greatly from cannabis tourism and despite continuing pressure from less liberal governments such as the UK, France and the US, the trade remains alive and well.

However, the current Dutch government is more conservative and has inspired local councils to enforce all coffee-shop regulations very strictly; any that fall foul of the rules are permanently shut down and not replaced. This means that the overall number of coffee-shops in Holland continues to diminish, so if you want to enjoy the hash bar high of Amsterdam, do it sooner rather than later, because who knows how long Holland’s period of enlightenment will last.

Andrew Regan is an online, freelance author from Scotland. He is a keen rugby player and enjoys travelling.

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Sep 03

Helen Humes – They Raided The Joint

Helen Humes – They Raided The Joint
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Jan 30

Are there specific medical marijuana strains that help relieve chronic pain, joint inflammation?

Question by truth*seeker: Are there specific medical marijuana strains that help relieve chronic pain, joint inflammation?
I have a very painful rheumatoid arthritis condition, as well as osteoarthritis. . I never thought I would, but I am considering trying something that is natural as apposed to the heavy medication routine that I am currently on. I also am trying to learn if medical marijuana causes inflammation in the body that could cause my immune system to worsen, if it is not taken in through smoking, but by other natural means. I am finding mixed information about whether this causes inflammation, and believe it is only when this substance is smoked, that it contributes to inflammation.

Best answer:

Answer by Exec Pot Head
Indica Mon Cheri!
My advice – find some and see. If you don’t smoke cigarettes I don’t think the minimal smoking of 2 to 3 hits even a few times a day would not hurt. The studies I see are about cigarette smoking and inflammation. There is a Vaporizer. Wonderful, high cost invention.
The link is to a forum with your same question. Kush for arthritis.
Definitely try cookies! Obtain lower grade MJ and look up a BudTer recipe.

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Sep 13

Reason.tv: PBS Travel Guru Rick Steves — “If I Work Hard All Day Long And Want To Go Home And Relax With A Joint, That Is My Civil Liberty”

Television host, author, and NORML Advisory Board member Rick Steves is arguably one of the most articulate and passionate voices for cannabis legalization. Catch the latest edition of Reason TV to hear why.

“[T]o me, high is a place … and when I want to go there I don’t need the government to give me a passport.”

You can also listen to Rick Steve’s keynote address from the 2009 national NORML conference here.

NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Sep 12


This teenage mom is already teaching her baby how to smoke weed.
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