The Netherlands tolerates the sale of soft drugs in ‘coffee shops’. A coffee shop is an establishment where cannabis may be sold subject to certain strict conditions, but no alcoholic drinks may be sold or consumed. The Dutch government does not prosecute members of the public for possession or use of small quantities of soft drugs. However, in the Netherlands as elsewhere, drugs cause nuisance and crime. The government is responding by imposing tougher rules on coffee shops and acting to curb trafficking in hard drugs and dismantle cannabis-growing operations. Addiction care is available for those who are addicted to drugs.
- Difference between hard and soft drugs
- Toleration policy regarding soft drugs and coffee shops
- Drug use and addiction care
- Drug-related crime and nuisance
- International effort to combat drug trafficking and other forms of crime
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