For anything relating to driving, Dutch law is merciless. It is not just recreational users who are punished, but even those who use cannabis for medicinal reasons. Why this does not actually help road safety is explained in an exclusive multi-part series from the Cannabis News Network. In Part 1: The cannabis saliva test
Since 1 July 2017, police have been checking drivers not just for alcohol but also for other substances such as amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis. If there is any suspicion of drug use, the police is entitled to carry out a saliva test on the spot. On first sight this seems sensible, but if you look more closely it gets more confusing.
Recreational users and patients are treated alike
The law makes no distinction between recreational users and patients who may be using cannabis for medicinal purposes. Ka-Chun Cheung from the Dutch pharmacists’ association has raised the alarm with the relevant authorities. He estimates that around 1 million people have been unfairly criminalised by the new law.
One of them is Marjon Fisher. Since the age of 17, she has suffered from epilepsy. For her, cannabis is a godsend. Only…