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Attributes of The Dutch Cannabis Coffee Shop Model :
- Freedom from bureaucratic oppression in relation to cannabis.
- Freedom to associate with others using cannabis.
- Freedom of choice
- Freedom from crime
- Freedom from harm (the threat of hard drugs)
- Freedom from the loss of dignity in relation to cannabis use.
- Freedom from the cold.
(Feb. 2003) Recent news items about cannabis cafe's around the world.
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Canadian Cannabis Prohibition Crumbles :
- (28 Feb. 2001 Vancouver Compassion Club) NORML Canada President, Attorney John Conroy Discusses the Status of Marijuana Laws in Canada.
- (19 Dec. 2002 NORML U. S.) Unprecedented Delay in Supreme Court Challenge to Pot Possession Laws in Canada.
- (2 Jan. 2003 www.drugwar.com/CBC) Windsor, Ontario, Teen Pot Case Thrown Out ; Probably the End for Pot Prohibition !!!
- (5 Jan. 2003 NORML Canada) Not a Loophole ; Analysis by Attorney John Conroy.
- (6 Jan. 2003 www.drugwar.com/The Toronto Star) Ontario Appeals Judge Phillips' Ruling, but ...
- (6 Jan. 2003 www.drugwar.com/Sault Star) Other Judges Decide to Wait Until After Appeals Process is Over.
- (7 Jan. 2003 www.drugwar.com/Canadian News Wire) Canadians Have Been Waiting Thirty (30) Years for Pot Decriminalization. Stop Stalling and Change the Damn Law, Parliament !
- (9 Jan. 2003 NORML U.S.) Justice Minister Cauchon Reaffirms Pot Decrim. Plans.
- (9 Jan. 2003 NORML U.S./Canadian Press) Ontario Judge Tosses Medical Pot Regulations.
- (9 Jan. '03 NORML U.S./ Edmonton Sun) Medical Pot Using Motorist/Lawyer Acquitted in Ontario.
- (11 Jan. 2003 www.drugwar.com/Globe & Mail) Another Ontario Judge Doesn't Wait Around ; Tosses Another Pot Possession Case.
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Petition the U.N. !(28 December '02 DRC Net) Join the Transnational Radical Party (Italy) and the International Antiprohibition League in Petitioning the United Nations to End Drug Prohibition. This Petition rightfully argues that most drug problems on our planet are caused by prohibition.
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Axiom 1 :Today's Situation in our Failed Drug War
Was Produced by Current Policy. Keeping Policy Unchanged
Guarantees Continued Failure and Continued Disaster.
The '60's Generation is Still Helping Create a Better World.
When Shameless, Young, Strong, and Proud,
Various Prominent People were Members of NORML Canada,
Says Brother Sam of the Assembly of the Church of the Universe ,
(Canada's oldest legalization organization.)
Various news items from the SIMM :
- (01 September 2003 SIMM/Reuters) SIMM Pot (and other pot) Almost Fully in the System, in Dutch Pharmacies, just like any other prescription. (Radio Netherlands) Same item from Dutch Government Radio Service. But now the SIMM no longer sells pot at low price directly to patients as before.
- (16 March 2003 MPP/SIMM) Prescription Pot Available March 17 in Dutch Pharmacies, just like any other prescription.
- (4 January 2003 Haagsche Courant) Dutch article about the SIMM.
- (23 Sept. '02 NORML Canada web maint.) James and Linda Burton, of the Dutch Stichting Institute of Medical Marijuana (SIMM), Announce 100% Organic, Greenhouse (Glasshouse) Grown, Toxin Tested, Government Licensed Marijuana Production, available by prescription only.
- Contrary to inaccurate reports elsewhere, the SIMM was Holland's first legal (and Europe's first also) medical marijuana provider/producer (Founded October 1993, received license ("opium permit") October 2001. Note : The SIMM produces only high grade marijuana, and does not produce any opium products.)
- (21 November '02 fax from James Burton/phone interview by web maint.) Dutch Insurance "Ziekenfonds" to Pay for Prescription Pot from Burton's Stichting within 12 Months. Institute swamped with orders.
- (23 Sept. '02 NORML Canada web maint.) James and Linda Burton, of the Dutch Stichting Institute of Medical Marijuana (SIMM), Announce 100% Organic, Greenhouse (Glasshouse) Grown, Toxin Tested, Government Licensed Production.
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Cannabis Coffee Shop Report :
Click Here to go to Attributes of Cannabis Coffee Shops.
- (3 Feb. '99) NORML Canada's Official Statement on Cannabis Quality.
- (Nov. '98) NORML Canada's Offical Comments on Cannabis Cafe's.
- (20 April '07) Mayor of Maastricht, Netherlands, wants to move some cannabis coffee shops closer to Belgian border; too many in city center. He's just acknowledging that many customers of the shops are from Germany and Belgium, and other places, and don't need to go all the way into the center of the town. He also proposed having coffee shops with McDonald's style drive-throughs so that marijuana consumers don't even have to get out of their cars. However, the P.M. of most European countries don't acknowledge that many of their citizens prefer pot over alcohol, at least some of the time anyway.
- (5 Novemeber '06) Passionate Defense of cannabis cafe movement by European Parliament Member (MEP) Chris Davies of England. (Original event reported Oct. 31, 2002 by Drug Policy Alliance.)
- (5 November '06) High Times Cannabis Cup really more like a promotional tour for the cannabis coffee shop concept.
- (27 August '04) Cannabis Coffee-Shops have not shut down in many places around the world, but the press is keeping it quiet for now. I finally ran into somone who has heard of Nimbin in Australia, and she said everything is fine there; tourists are welcome.
- (31 December 2003 CNN International TV) 1968 was the beginning of the modern cannabis coffee shop movement. CNN reports that it was Coffee Shop Sarasani in Utrecht 35 years ago, rather than the often touted Amsterdam places like Mellow Yellow, the Bulldog, or Rusland that was first in Holland.
- (15 October 2003 Cannabis Culture) Cannabis Cafe set to open in Saint John's, New Brunswick, Canada
- (2 October 2003 NORML U.S.) Montreal Seeks to Join In Civilized Puffery.
- (13 August 2003 Cannabis Culture/MAP/London Free Press) London, Ontario Hippie Cafe Burning with Freedom.
- (15 April 2003 www.420times.com/Montreal Gazette) Montreal Wants Cannabis Cafe, just as much as St. John's, N.B.
- (14 April 2003 Cannabis Culture/MAP/www.canada.com) Halifax, N.S., Must Wait Indefinitely for New Cannabis Cafe ; Saint John, N.B., a different story.
- (13 Feb. 2003 icnorthwales.co.uk/www.drugwar.com) In Wales, Charges Dismissed Against Cannabis Cafe Promoter ; Will Proceed.
- (8 Jan. '03 (www.canada.com) Cannabis Coffee Shop Proposed for Saskatoon ; Mayor Seems Agreeable.
- (28 Dec. 2002 The Independent via High Times link) Brits Raid two Cannabis Coffee shops in London Area, but cafes remain open.
- (29 Nov. '02) 30th anniversary celebration of Dutch cannabis cafe's in Haarlem, Holland.
- Australian page with various items about cannabis cafe's there.
Webcams (livecams) related to cannabis, or cannabis coffee shops : (some of these seem to be old photo's.)
- Dutch HighLife Magazine's webcams page : click here.
- Amsterdam webcams (self explanatory). Another link (same site).
- page dedicated to Nimbin, Australia webcams.
- Ganjaland's list of Amsterdam webcams.
- Webcam from the Hawaiian Cannabis Ministry (no cannabis in the photo, but a nice LIVE shot of the Pacific ocean).
- Webcam at Nimbin cafe. (No sales allowed inside : but on the street outside, sales are routine.)
- Willie Wortel's (wortel means carrot in Dutch) cannabis coffee shop in Haarlem, Holland. When the main menu appears, click on "webcam" or "bar cam".)
- Another webcam (livecam) from the Global Hemp Museum in Haarlem, Holland.
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(December 2003) '60's Utrecht Surprise: after the 30th anniversary celebrations of cannabis coffee shops in Holland were held in August 2002, CNN International reported in December 2003 that Holland's first cannabis coffee shop in the modern era, Coffee Shop Sarasani, was started in Utrecht in 1968, a full 5 years prior to Mellow Yellow's start. Since Utrecht is considered the ultra-Dutch "heart" of Holland, really, I think the Amsterdam cannabis-coffee-shop traditions owe more to this than Amsterdam's internationalism. Internationalism is threatning Holland's pot culture which is totally accepted in more "Dutch" places like Rotterdam and Utrecht.
First Dutch cannabis cafe marks 30th anniversary
By Paul Gallagher
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - It's 1972. Step inside the abandoned Amsterdam bakery where pot-smoking squatters are playing table soccer. Meet Wernard and his hippie friends, pioneers of the first Dutch cannabis cafe.
The 30th anniversary of the opening of the "Mellow Yellow" cafe is being commemorated in the Netherlands Friday when cannabis smokers pay tribute to a taboo-busting enterprise that spearheaded the spread of the renowned Dutch "Coffee Shop." The cafe thrived for six years before it closed down. But by 1978 other coffee shops were opening in a city that was a mecca for anarchists, hippies, squatters and drop-outs. Toleration of cannabis grew and coffee shops blossomed. Three decades after "Mellow Yellow" opened on the banks of the Amstel river, Amsterdam remains the one city in the world where people can wander into a special cafe and buy a small amount of cannabis without fearing arrest or prosecution. Dutch cannabis entrepreneurs and connoisseurs are throwing a party in a sports hall in the sedate town of Haarlem, near Amsterdam, Friday in tribute to the founder of "Mellow Yellow," Wernard Bruining.
"It's going to be a nice reunion for pioneers and old cannabis souls," party organizer and coffee shop owner Nol van Schaik told Reuters.
Today there are about 800 coffee shops in the Netherlands and in Amsterdam there is a booming trade in the sale of marijuana and hashish to tourists visiting a city renowned for its museums and red light district.
The Dutch decision to turn a blind eye to the sale of small amounts of cannabis by licensed coffee shops evolved in the 1970s and developed over the following decades, cementing the country's reputation for liberalism and tolerance.
"Soft drugs will never go away. I think in the next 20 to 30 years the rest of Europe will become a lot like Holland," said 52-year-old Bruining.
"The basis of tolerance is that you avoid annoying other people. You are basically free in Holland to do what you want to do but don't annoy other people," said Bruining, who now works as a tour guide.
The "Mellow Yellow," which started as a haunt for long-haired friends sharing a joint, ran the gauntlet of police raids as eager pot smokers lined up around the block to get inside. But the tide did not take long to turn. In 1976 the Dutch government introduced legislation distinguishing between hard drugs and soft drugs including cannabis. Possession of up to 30 grams (one ounce) was decriminalized in 1978. Dutch drugs policy continued evolving over the next 25 years with a strong focus on fighting heroin addiction in the 1980s. In 1987, Amsterdam started providing clean syringes to combat the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug users with the number of drug-related deaths falling sharply.
While cannabis technically remains illegal in the Netherlands, its use and sale is now tolerated under strict conditions imposed by the government. The emphasis is on keeping users of soft and hard drugs apart.
"Cannabis is not risk-free, but it is certainly not more harmful than alcohol or tobacco," the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction said. International opinion on the health dangers of cannabis and the Dutch policy of toleration remain divided. British doctors said this month that smoking cannabis increases the odds of suffering depression and schizophrenia.
But cannabis also has a long history of medicinal use. The Netherlands last year became the second country after Canada to allow the medical use of marijuana.
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Since 1968 or so, Holland has Created the Modern Cannabis Consumer Era.
What distinguishes Holland from most every other place where marijuana is commonly consumed, is that the pot consumer is given a choice of what kind of cannabis to purchase rather than being forced to buy whatever a pusher wants to push. Consequently, only the very best cannabis is available there. This isn't a "take it or leave it" scene. The entire marijuana scene in Holland is so civilized and enjoyable that once experienced, a deep positive impression is made which re-programs our inner judgements of marijuana. In fact, "drug pushing" is not an accurate description of the Dutch marijuana scenario. Some cannabis coffee shop links : click here, or click here for Homegrown Fantasy, or click here for the Bulldog (1975), or click here for Rusland (1974), other Amsterdam links.
Featured Political Quote(2):
MEP (Member of European Parliament) Chris Davies Smoking Passionate 'bout Pot Coffee Shops
"I have never used cannabis in my life, but I am passionate in my belief that the law must be changed and that there must be a separation between soft and hard drugs if we are to cut crime and reduce harm. I made this protest in support of the first cannabis coffee shop in Britain, which operated peacefully in nearby Stockport for more than a year, and in support of its founder, my namesake, Colin Davies. He has now been sentenced to three years' imprisonment, but if he was in Holland he would have been given a license by the local council. The Dutch policy of permitting cannabis coffee shops has ensured that cannabis users need never come across heroin dealers. It has been hugely successful. Holland now has the smallest problem of drugs misuse in Europe, and the lowest rate of heroin addiction. The separation of soft and hard drugs works, and we should follow this example."
North West Euro-Member of Parliament (European Parliament member) Chris Davies, after being sentenced by Manchester Crown Court, England, after protesting the closing of England's first cannabis coffee shop. (Oct. 31, 2002 Drug Policy Alliance)
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