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Dispensation from the Opium Act

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

You are not permitted to have drugs controlled by the Dutch Opium ActExternal link (Opiumwet) on your business premises. Furthermore, you are not allowed to prepare, treat, process, sell, supply, provide or transport these substances. You are only allowed to do so when you have a dispensation from the Opium Act. This also applies to (the preparation of) growing hemp. Without dispensation, you are committing a criminal offence. In certain cases, the obligation to request dispensation does not apply to physicians, pharmacists, GP surgery dispensaries and hospitals.

Medicinal cannabis

Pharmacists and research institutions, such as universities and hospitals, that need legal medicinal cannabisExternal link, should contact the Dutch Office for Medicinal Cannabis (OMC).

Import and export

Import and export by pharmaceutical companies is also only allowed with a dispensation. You can obtain this dispensation from Farmatec, which is part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency