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Is there a chance The Netherlands will make cannabis completely legal in the near future?
Uhh... Don't think so!
Cannabis is illegal within The Netherlands at the moment and the rules for coffeeshops became stricter the last few years.
This is mainly, what we believe, because of the pressure of other countries. If cannabis would be made completely legal, it would make The Netherlands a complete outcast. The Netherlands is a very small country, depending on a lot of other countries. The issue of cannabis is just not important enough to put the relationship on the line with for example… well, let’s say…France, Germany and the US.
On the other hand cannabis is a substance which is ‘a sort of accepted’ within the Dutch society and gets more accepted every day. The Dutch society might even be ready yet for a complete legal status of cannabis. Whatever newspaper or magazine you read, whatever TV program you watch, you can just smell the growing acceptance of cannabis.
So in our opinion the chance of getting a full legal status of cannabis is out of the Dutch league at the moment. But somehow, we hope and think the Dutch will or may be the first to stop with outlawing cannabis in the long term.
Update December, 2010
New drug policy for Amsterdam? In December 2010 the freshly installed Dutch government announced their plan to make coffeeshops for Dutch people only by introducing so-called 'weed passes'. With no doubt, this will have an enormous impact on the city of Amsterdam as we all know it. But don't panic yet... At this moment it's still a plan and nothing more and it will be real difficult to make it a reality. There's nothing known yet about a time schedule for this plan. Of course we will keep you up to date when something changes. For now, come join the party!
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