Dutch marijuana back on sale, but don't forget to wash your hands

Dutch authorities wanted to avoid driving the sales underground to an unregulated black market
Reuters (UK)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

coffeeshop menuWhile most of the Netherlands struggles through the coronavirus lockdown, marijuana smokers received the welcome news that “coffee shops” selling the drug have reopened for takeaway orders. All businesses selling cannabis and hashish were ordered to shut, along with sex clubs and saunas, when the Dutch government imposed on March 15 measures to curb the COVID-19 epidemic. A limited reopening has been allowed to avoid black market drug deals and ensure supplies of medicinal cannabis. With coronavirus regulations prohibiting gatherings of people, however, buyers are no longer permitted to stay for a smoke.