The Dutch have long been known as a nation in which people have extensive freedom regarding the use of drugs and its coffee shops have been allowed to sell marijuana. For some reason, law enforcement officials have decided to prosecute the owners and employees of one of the country’s largest “coffee-houses” in a case that might have widespread implications for the legal use of drugs. Meddy Willemsen is accused of encouraging illegal cannabis cultivation and running an organized supply chain which provides marijuana to people.Cannabis can legally be sold to consumers in amounts not exceeding 5 grams per person, but large-scale cultivation and bulk buying of the drug is prohibited. Thus, marijuana and hashish are allowed to leave the coffee shop through the front door, but you can’t bring them in the back door.
Some members of parliament want to crack down on all use of marijuana while most mayors want it to be legal and even expanded. In theory the operation of these coffee-shops have technically been in violation of the law, but its common sense approach to drugs has spared the Netherlands from the abuses that are known in nations like the United States where gangs fight over territory and destroy communities. We suggest every member of the Netherland parliament be given a free two week visit to Mexico where they can study the impact of illegal drugs on the lives of people and the nation.