Harvesting of medicinal cannabis at Bedrocan on February 5, 2007 in Veendam, The Netherlands. Since March 2005 Bedrocan BV is the only company contracted by the Dutch Ministry of Health for the growth and production of medicinal Cannabis. This medicinal Cannabis can be prescribed by doctors for both humans and animals. Cannabis is most famous for its use as a recreational soft drug. It?s available at ?coffeeshops? throughout the Netherlands. Coffeeshops purchase their products from illegal growers or grow it illegally themselves. The Netherlands have no laws or legal procedures that allow for the legal growth or use of recreational Cannabis. The fact that it is allowed to exist has to do with the Dutch tolerance policy, by which the possession of small amounts of Cannabis is not actively prosecuted. .Cannabis is less well known for its medicinal use. But medicinal Cannabis has been available on a doctors prescription in the Netherlands since September 2003. The growth of Cannabis for medicinal use has been legally permitted since 17 march 2003.
- © Michel De Groot
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