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Drug offenses discovered at Amsterdam grow shops

DutchAmsterdam.nl — Drug offenses have been encountered at four of Amsterdam’s nineteen of Amsterdam’s so-called ‘growshops’

Grow-shops provide supplies for small greenhouse operations. However, more often than not the emphasis is on growing Cannabis.

Officials discovered a Cannabis farm in one of the shops and ten kilos of Marijuana in another business.

Police arrested eight people.

In the Netherlands individuals are allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants per household. Coffeeshops can legally sell soft drugs, but only in amounts of five grams or less.

The shops can stock up to 500 grams (just over a pound) at a time for supply. At the same time it is illegal to grow, harvest and supply commercial quantities of cannabis and its products.

Amsterdam news daily Het Parool says that in checking the grow-shops the municipality, Amsterdam’s various boroughs, Environmental Service Department, the Tax Police and the Justice Department are thoroughly examining whether the controversial companies play by the rules.

The paper explain that in 2009 at the behest of then mayor Job Cohen three grow-shops were closed for violations of the Opium Act. That has inspired authorities to take a closer look.
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