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Netherlands Evolving Marijuana Story Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

The marijuana story is constantly evolving

As with almost everything else during the global coronavirus pandemic, the marijuana story in the Netherland is a constantly evolving one. In the early months, as the virus spread across the world, the attitude in the Netherlands was pretty lax. 

However, as the case count began to rise the Dutch government acted swiftly and closed down all entertainment venues across the country, including of course Amsterdam’s famous cannabis coffee shops

Almost immediately, two weeks ago there was something of a slackening of the rules as Dutch lawmakers rules that the coffee shops could open again albeit in a limited format. It was ruled though, for obvious reasons, that the sex clubs and brothels throughout the city would remain closed. 

Cannabis suppliers are now allowed to open for takeaway purchases during the lockdown. Users were instantly queuing round the block to get hold of their favorite strains. In the short term, this caused a bit of panic buying and weed replaced toilet rolls and pasta as top of the stockpiling list. 

The Dutch Marijuana Story: A unique Experience

The coffee shops in Amsterdam are often cited as one of the biggest attractions in the city. Despite the government’s attempts to limit the number of marijuana tourists, they still flock to the city in enormous numbers. One can but only guess at the damage to the Dutch economy during this pandemic. 

Marijuana sales are now fully dependent on local customers and whilst weed use in Holland is formidable, the coffee shops will be losing out on a lot of their core business. 

As the rules were relaxed, huge queues developed outside the coffee shops as local punters were desperate to get hold of their favorite weed. Most of these coffee shops have well-ventilated rooms on the premises so that smokers can enjoy cannabis in a pleasant surrounding. However, at the moment it is takeaway only and the shops remain closed for inshore consumption. 

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Huge queues formed as rules were relaxed

It is not just Amsterdam where the coffee shops are feeling the pinch. Customers in Den Haag (the Hague), Eindhoven, and Utrecht queue in large numbers to stock up for what, many believe, will be a lengthy quarantine. 

Holland in Lockdown

The whole of the country is now officially in lockdown as schools and businesses close. At the time of writing, Holland has 16,627 active cases and has suffered 1,651 deaths; a significantly high death rate. This, of course, could be due in part to the country having one of the most dense populations in Europe. 

The marijuana story during the lockdown will no doubt change constantly. The loosening of cannabis rules during this time is seen by many as a way of easing isolation for many. For example, one Irish woman queuing in Den Haag said, ‘I wouldn’t mind having a little bit of weed – keep it easy while we’re at home for so long. It might be a long time in quarantine.”

Queues were particularly long in Roermond near the German border. Germany has already introduced strict controls for those arriving from Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. People are fearful that the border with the Netherlands would be next and so they arrived in large numbers to ensure their stash.

Summary

It seems that the marijuana story at this time is a rapidly developing one. As governments struggle with this horrific virus their approaches vary. It is obvious now that social distancing is the best weapon we have until such time that a vaccine may be developed. 

However, at the same time, experts are mindful of the effect that the lockdowns will have on mental health. Loneliness, anxiety, and stress levels are rocketing and it is with this in mind that Dutch officials are allowing the takeaway use of cannabis. For many, a quiet smoke at home could be the difference between coping and going completely stir crazy. 

We urge all our friends to stay well, stay healthy and stay home.

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Albania to Legalize Marijuana

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Long regarded as one of Europe’s biggest illegal trafficking hub, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama has just announced plans to legalize marijuana.

Legalize Marijuana and Kill the Black Market

Albania has been one of Europe’s leading producers of illegal weed. It is hoped that by legalizing it,  it will be the end of the black market and all that goes with it.

The country has been taking on the illegal market for years and this is seen as a natural progression. As Prime Minister Rami puts it,  “Illegal cultivation is completely under control. This is the third or fourth year of consolidation. We plan to pass the bill in this session of parliament.”

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The value of the European Cannabis Market is €240 million:

European cannabis market

Unbelievable figures are coming out of the European cannabis market. Sales for 2019 are an amazing €240 million ($260 million). This means that it is feasible that the European market could in the near future overtake the American market.

Alfredo Pascual an International Analyst for MJBizDaily states in his report “This report provides industry leaders and investors interested in the European markets with a realistic estimate of current market sizes and a detailed analysis of the countries where the most opportunities exist.”

Exciting Figures For the Cannabis Market in Europe.

The signs are that the initial market trends are mainly medical but recreational cannabis use is bound to follow. Pascual again, “While the long-term expectation of Europe being a massive medical and, eventually, recreational the cannabis industry continues to show promise, this report highlights the reality of the market today, including the actual sales and the regulatory frameworks that exist in the main European markets.”

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Dr Jane Goodall Launches CBD Range

Dr Jane Goodall

In quite amazing news the legendary anthropologist, Jane Goodall is so convinced of the benefits of cannabis that she is launching her own CBD brand. Her 60-year career has helped to change the way in which people view nature. Her message of love and hope is a beacon to all on how to treat animals. 

Jane Goodall was born in London some 86 years ago and has made primatology and anthropology her life’s work. Now she has joined forces with Canadian Neptune Wellness Solutions who are based out of Quebec. They originally were known for Antarctic krill oil production. However, they now operate a huge licensed cannabis processing plant in Quebec, CA, and a hemp processing facility in the U.S. in the state of North Carolina.

Dr. Jane Goodall and Neptune Wellness Solutions

Jane Goodall and Neptune have joined forces to co-develop a range of CBD products from which parts of the proceeds will do towards rainforest conservation work. One of the products they are marketing is a range of hand-sanitizers to help limit the spread of Covid-19. 

In a press release issued on April 21st, Dr. Goddall says, “I am very pleased to partner with Michael Cammarata and the team at Neptune Wellness Solutions to develop natural, plant-based products that support health and wellness in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. This marks my third partnership with Michael and reflects our mutual goal of enabling consumers to make ethical purchasing decisions to create a better world for all living things.”

Jane Goodall and Michael Cammarata

Dr. Jane Goodall and Michael Cammarata

Michael Cammarata, of whom she spoke is the Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Wellness Solutions. He added in the press release, “In light of COVID-19, we believe there will be a renewed focus and emphasis on personal self-care. The purchasing decisions consumers make to support their health and wellness will have a lasting impact on the environment and our collective health and wellness. I am delighted to partner with Dr. Goodall again to bring natural health and wellness products to market that will support our mutual goals of environmental conservation and reforestation, while at the same time delivering healthier consumer solutions.”

Donations to Environmental Causes

Neptune made an initial donation of $25,000 and will further donate 5% of all sales from the products to the Jane Goodall Institute. Anyone purchasing products will be able to further direct an additional 5% to help Jane Goodall’s work. They can do this by entering a promotional code “DrJaneGoodall” as they purchase. 

Speaking of our relationship with animals Dr. Goodall made this very timely point, “The health of people, animals, and the environment are interconnected; this pandemic demonstrates this. However, if we all make ethical choices, every day, our collective power for change is great.” 

The partnership between Dr. Goodall and Neptune is through the Forest Remedies™ brand DNA and ongoing support of One Tree Planted. This is a non-profit business that focuses on global reforestation. For every item in the product range that is sold, Forest Remedies will contribute to the planting of a tree. The aim is to assist in the rebuilding of the world’s forests to create a much more sustainable environment in the future.

Cattle raising alone has led to the earth losing an unbelievable almost 20 million acres of rainforest each year. This is why hemp production is so important. Hemp accounted for 128,000 acres of land throughout the United States in 2019. That is just 0.6% of the amount of Amazon rainforest that we lose each and every year. We all know the importance of our rainforests, they not only support a myriad of wildlife they help to control entire weather systems. 

Summary

This is a hugely significant partnership for the further acceptance of cannabis products. Jane Goodall is one of the most important figures in the world of environmental understanding. Her approval of CBD products will have a massive impact on how they are viewed across the globe.

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