September 20, 2022 This cannabis country report Netherlands serves as an introduction to potential cannabis growers in the Netherlands on how to legally grow cannabis and how to get a cannabis license. This information is relevant to all growers. The information was correct at the time of publication.
Netherlands – The Cannabis Country?
Cannabis was smoked widely in the Netherlands in the 17th century. This is proven in a painting by Flemish artist Adriaen Brouwer, which shows a man with an ale tankard in one hand and a pipe in the other. In these times, those who smoked cannabis were called ‘toeback-drinckers’. Cannabis was first criminalised in the Netherlands in 1953, following earlier laws against its import and export in 1928.