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Coffee Shops and Compromise: Separated Illicit Drug Markets in the Netherlands

Grund, Jean-Paul; Breeksema, Joost;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2013
  • Publisher: Open Society Foundations
  • Country: Netherlands
textabstractBuilding on a long history and culture of tolerance, the Dutch responded to illicit drugs with decades of pragmatic measures free of judgment. A central element of modern Dutch drug policy was a crucial decision to establish a legal and practical separation of cannabis— judged to pose “acceptable” risks to consumers and society—from hard drugs associated with unacceptable risk. This policy effectively decriminalized possession and use of cannabis and opened the door for tolerated outlets for small-scale cannabis sales that eventually took the form of the well-known Dutch “coffee shops.” By all measures, the coffee shops suc- ceeded in enabling cannab...
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