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Dutch Experience Coffeeshop

Unfortunately this shop is now closed and the owner, Colin Davies is in jail! Despite this, several Dutch-style coffeeshops have opened up in other areas of the UK.

This story shall remain as testament to the FIRST marijuana selling coffeeshop in England.


 

The Dutch Experience Coffeeshop, Manchester
When I was staying near Manchester I got to visit the Dutch Experience Coffeeshop, in Stockport, twice. I was very pleased with what I found there. The place was packed with cannabis activists all putting it on the line to be able to freely consume marijuana, whether for medicinal or recreational reasons.

When I was staying near Manchester I got to visit the Dutch Experience Coffeeshop, in Stockport, twice. I was very pleased with what I found there. The place was packed with cannabis activists all putting it on the line to be able to freely consume marijuana, whether for medicinal or recreational reasons.
The Dutch Experience is a joint venture of Dutch coffeeshop owner Nol van Schaik and English activist Colin Davies, who is currently in jail awaiting trial for running the coffeeshop. Another Dutchman was also arrested with Colin this last time. The Coffeeshop has been shutdown by the police three times already. But thanks to the strong views of the people running the shop and very visible community support they've got they're determined to stay open.

Providing a reliable supply of marijuana to those with medical needs is the number one priority of the Dutch Experience. The coffeeshop requires you to become a member to be able to purchase cannabis. You have to fill out an application, provide photo id and two passport photos. Then you get an id card. They currently have over 1600 members and are growing fast. You must be 18 to join.

Marieska, a really passionate and vocal activist of the right to smoke cannabis, explained to me how she wants to be arrested too so she can show how unfair the repression of cannabis users is in the UK. She helps manage the coffeeshop while Colin is in jail.

If you get to visit this amazing place you will want to sign-up too. I was able to pick up some good Honey Maroc and Caramello there. None of that Soapbar shit that most English smoke. Just pure, very tasty resin.

To purchase cannabis you must show your membership card to an employee outside the sacred inner sanctum of the member's only room. Then you will be led in and shown to a wall where there are several drain pipes. There's a menu with the day's selection nearby. You choose from the menu and put your money in one pipe, tell the "wall" what you want, and the marijuana or hashish pops out of another drain pipe into a basket. You can only purchase three items (there were only three to choose from on the menu when I visited). The price is always 10 pounds per item, but the quantity varies from 1 to 2 grams depending on quality. So for 30 pounds you can get 3 to 6 grams.

If a person is too ill to visit the shop, they can make arrangements for home delivery.

The members room consists of four round tables, a game table, a fantastic wall mural depicting Stockport/Manchester complete with dragon, and other pro-cannabis sentiments. The room was packed with cannabis activists discussing the law, politics, cannabis while smoking their purchase or their own stashes of homegrown, which were proudly shown around. Several people inferred their stash was better than what was being sold in the coffeeshop. I got a couple of hits of someone's AK-47, and indeed it was more potent than the grass I purchased there.

I think this is going to be the straw that makes or breaks the coffeeshop issue in England. Let's support them in their efforts to let people make these kinds of personal decisions for themselves. I met several handicapped people when I was there and they were very pleased to see the place open, and doing a great business too.

Other coffeeshops have tried to open in England, but been closed down soon after.

Please be aware that possession of cannabis is still a crime in England. The decriminalization won't fully take effect until July 1, 2003. There are rumors that they will ease up on prosecuting for possession as early as this fall, if they haven't done it already. Possession for distibution is still a serious crime, and the government is set to INCREASE the penalties, putting those operating the Coffeeshop at even more risk.

My own wish is that they'll LEGALIZE growing your own, which would make all this complete nonsense into something sensible and equitable (but untaxable, so it'll never happen).

Support English Coffeeshops!

FREE COLIN DAVIES!

Power to the People!

Contact Info:
Nol van Schaik,
Co-founder of the Dutch Experience.
0031 651852545
Nol van Schaik
cannabinol@wwwshop.nl
www.dutchexperience.org


More Info:

Address: Stockport Village
Hooper St.
City: Stockport
Postcode:
Phone: 0161 480-5902
Fax:
Added: August 6th 2002
Reviewer: Skip
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Related Link: http://www.dutchexperience.org
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Language: english

  


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