MJ News: Price of Dutch Marijuana Rises Due to Police Raids
Contributed by skip
on Thursday, March 06 @ 19:00:28 UTC
The price of Dutch marijuana increased 20 percent last year because the supply is being curbed
by a rise in police raids on hemp plantations.
The effectiveness of one gram of Dutch-grown marijuana also
has decreased by 1.5 percent, according to an e-mailed statement
from the Trimbos Institute, a Dutch group that studies drug
addiction and treatments. The level of THC, the compound that
gives cannabis its potency, fell to 16 percent from 17.5 percent
It is the first time that the price of Dutch marijuana has
risen since the institute started keeping a record of hemp prices
in 1999. One gram of marijuana, grown in the Netherlands, costs
7.30 euros ($10.30) currently.
A decrease in supply of Dutch hemp and higher prices could
be causing some marijuana producers to mix the cannabis with
compounds such as sand and glass pearls, the statement said. The
Institute didn't find evidence that hemp sold in Dutch coffee
shops has been mixed with other compounds.
Imported cannabis was 5.4 percent weaker than a year ago,
according to the statement. The price of imported marijuana also
increased this year, by about 40 cents per gram.
Earlier this year, police in Rotterdam said they'd shut down
600 indoor marijuana farms since 2005. There are about 6,000
active producers in the city.
Dutch officials have stepped up raids on an estimated 40,000
indoor hemp plantations, which cause two fires a month in
Rotterdam by tapping into power lines for lights that feed their
crops. The crackdown is making it harder to supply marijuana
shops with the Super Skunk and Purple Haze their customers crave
in a country that decriminalized use of the drug in 1976.
To contact the reporter on this story:
Joana Quintanilha in Amsterdam at
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