The first Opium Law was created to regulate drugs with a high addiction or abuse factor, or that are physically harmful.
As the name indicates the main reason for introduction was to regulate the Opium trade and later to control various other addictive drugs like morphinecocaineheroinbarbituratesamphetamines and several decades later, benzodiazapineswhich were used both medically and recreationally.
After the rise of a new youth culture which revolved much around the use of drugs like cannabis and LSDand with hashish being openly used, a change of law was needed by the government, to properly control all drugs, but with a clear definition between drugs with an unacceptable degree of addictiveness or physical legea opțiunii known as hard drugsand drugs with an acceptable degree of legea opțiunii or physical harm known as soft drugs.
In these changes officially took effect, and the Opium Law was edited to include the changes in the law. In the same year, a legea opțiunii was made by the Dutch government discontinue prosecuting cannabis and hashish offenses, provided the person did not sell hard drugs, did not advertise and carried less than a specified maximum amount of cannabis or hashish.
Inthe decision to not prosecute cannabis and hashish dealers, under certain conditions, was publicly announced by the Dutch government. Many people thereby concluded that this decision would also allow the sale in coffee shopsand coffee shops began selling cannabis and hashish.
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This led to an enormous rise in the number of coffee shops in the 80's and 90's, and because of this, new regulations were demanded by the government to regulate the sale of cannabis products by coffee shops. In the laws were changed again to include new regulations for coffee shops.
The terms coffee shops had to follow were: No advertisement No entrance to coffee shops by persons under the age of 18 No sale of more than 5 grams of cannabis products per person, per day Coffee shops are not allowed to have more than grams of cannabis in stock at any time Sinceno new changes have been made to the Opium Law.
New guidelines for coffee shops have been made, but they are not covered by the Opium Law.