4 secrets about NetherWeed

Amnesia, Lemon, Purple, Orange.. La miriade di etichettature della marijuana made in Amsterdam, non evoca solo miliardi d’aromi e gusti: ogni tipo d’erba è associata ad un costo: raramente si scende sotto i 9 euro al grammo; ma per quale motivo i prezzi sono tanto elevati? coltivare cannabis comporta costi davvero significativi? Per rispondere alla questione abbiamo ripescato un post dalle profondità del web: a scriverlo fu il noto commerciante e attivista pro cannabis Nol van Schaik, nel 2008; il proprietario del Willie Wortel (coffeeshop locato ad Haarlem) si diceva preoccupato per via delle lamentele ricevute da parte dei clienti, i quali addirittura dipingevano i rivenditori di canapa indica come “avidi bastardi”. Toccato nel profondo, il gestore ha deciso di uscire allo scoperto, per dichiarare i 4 segreti per cui la Netherweed è così costosa. Undeerground Cannabis ne riassume e classifica i contenuti.

1. Tutta colpa dell’Inghilterra:

L’Olanda fino a qualche anno fa possedeva un mercato chiuso. I coffeshops si rifornivano da piccoli coltivatori olandesi.  Dal 2001, da quando le leggi inglesi per il possesso di marijuana sono diventate meno aspre, numerosi pushers si riforniscono in Olanda, per rivendere nel Regno Unito. Gli inglesi offrono più soldi e  i coltivatori olandesi si ritrovano nel mezzo di un mercato “traditore” – e optano anch’essi per innalzare i prezzi. Immaginate: quando la richiesta di cannabis supera l’offerta – i proprietari dei coffeshops dovranno rivolgersi a chi ha comprato tutta l’erba dai piccoli produttori (cioè i pusher inglesi) o a coltivatori esteri, i quali alzano il prezzo base. In altre parole il mercato europeo ha inglobato l’Olanda

2. Estate: 
Quando arriva il caldo d’estate capita spesso che i piccoli coltivatori olandesi non ottengano il raccolto sperato. 27 gradi sono troppi per la cannabis indoor. Così la marijuana richiesta dalla clientela è maggiore della possibile offerta. Cosa accade? ci si riferisce ai coltivatori all’ingrosso, cioè pusher illegali, cioè mercato nero. Perchè in Olanda la cannabis rimane illegale fino a quando non varca i confini del coffeshop. Da quel momento la legge ne permette la vendita. Strano, vero?

3. Vacanze:
Spesso i coltivatori olandesi vanno in vacanza, restano indietro sul raccolto e ancora una volta, mercato nero, prezzi più alti.

4. Il fisco:
In Olanda il fisco impone ai coffeshopers una tassa salatissima. Occorre aumentare il prezzo della marijuana il doppio del prezzo d’acquisto. Dodici euro al grammo, equivarrebbe a 6, undici a 5,5 e così via. Non ci piove: il governo conservatore fa di tutto per mettere il bastone tra le ruote ai “negozi delle canne”: il gran numero di clienti tuttavia, fornisce l’espediente per evitare che i coffee siano chiusi: il turismo nella capitale ha un volume d’affari altissimo innegabile anche per i politici di destra.

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Why is Netherweed so expensive? the answer is given by An old post written by Nol van Schaik, (owner of Willie Wortel, coffeeshop located in Haarlem),. In 2008,  Nol wrote about the costumers’ gripes and cannabis prices. Underground Cannabis summarizes the contents here:

1.      Damned England
In 2001,  English  druglaws became  less severe –“Flocks of British buyers started to move in on our market and growers, buying marihuana left and right, to make up a bulk transport for their clients across The Channel. The only way to get their hands on the  merchandise was to outbid the market, in other words, the coffeeshops. Growers are not bound to coffeeshops by contract, they will sell to the highest bidder, so the UK buyers started to offer higher prices to assure themselves of their merchandise. Cannabis prices in England went up to 8-9 pounds per gram, which meant 12-14 euro’s Imageper gram. We were taken by surprise, growers we were reckoning with did not show up anymore, they already sold to some guy offering them 400 euro’s per kilo more than the going price in coffeeshops. We, some of my close colleagues and me, started running short on weed, so we called each other for an eventual coffeeshop to coffeeshop deal, meaning helping each other by selling some of your stock to a colleague. All of us were facing the same problem, weed was becoming scarce, and prices were soaring”  Nol wrote

2.     Summer
The heat of summer is dangerous for cannabis:  Nol said “Another reason is the heat of summer, marihuana plants are pretty easy to grow, but when the temperature in a growroom goes above 27 degrees centigrade, the growth stuns. Many Dutch growers don’t even start growing in July and August, after they had bad summer crops. This meant coffeeshops had to stock up in Spring, to keep themselves supplied during and after the summer. All in all, the situation was easy to oversee, and growers went to coffeeshops to offer their products, where else?”

3.     Holiday
“There was a raise in prices during and after the holiday season, for two reasons: Growers take holidays too, when they do, they cannot grow, so they lose production time, like half a harvest”

4.Taxes

Although it is theoretically forbidden to buy cannabis in quantities bigger than 5 grams, coffeeshops or their suppliers by hash and weed by the kilo, and stash those batches somewhere to be able to supply the coffeeshops from there. These stashes are illegal, but as soon as a cannabis products moves from a stash to a coffeeshop it becomes legal, and taxes have to be paid over the sales of these products. The Tax people tell us what the consumer price is: we have to sell our cannabis products for the buying price + 100 %, or more than 100 %, NOT less! This means we can no longer sell cannabis with discount, the Taxman taxes us for the full price, so discounts are no longer allowed. It also means that coffeeshops have to sell a gram of cannabis they bought for 4 Euro’s for 8 euro’s, cannabis bought for 5 euro’s for 10 euro’s etc…

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