Holland to ban 'skunk' marijuana from coffee shops over fears it is as dangerous as heroin and cocaine

Cafes barred from selling cannabis with more than 15% of active chemical Country's 500 licensed shops will now have to replace about 80% of stock Critics claim move will push harder forms of drug onto the black market

Super-strength marijuana is to be banned from Holland's coffee shops under tough new laws that could see 'skunk' reclassified as a class A drug. Dutch justice minister Ivo Opstelten wants the country's famous licensed cafes to only sell cannabis containing less than 15 per cent of the main active chemical, THC.

The decision will be a major blow to hundreds of coffee shop owners, many of them in Amsterdam, who will have to replace around 80 per cent of their stock with weaker varieties.

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