Thursday, October 20, 2016

CALIFORNIA VOTERS CAN LEARN FROM AMSTERDAM'S CANNABIS LAWS.

  Californians pondering whether or not to vote for Proposition 64,  the measure on the November 8 ballot that, if passed, would legalise marijuana in the state, should check out how well Holland has embraced a similar law.
 In Amsterdam marijuana is openly sold and smoked in coffee shops; magic mushrooms are available in many stores and flower shops and stalls sell cannabis starter kits, cannabis lollipops seeds and everything a novice grower could want.
  For the tourists there are museums epitomised by the Hash Marijuana and Hemp Museum which claims to hold the “world’s largest collection of cannabis-related artifacts” and features displays on different kinds of dope and the myriad number of ways to use it

   It’s all because the inordinately sensible Dutch drug policy is dictated by the idea that every human being may decide about matters of his or her own health along with a conviction that hiding social negative phenomena does not make them disappear - on the contrary it makes them worse, because when concealed, they become far more difficult to influence and control.


There has been no indication that legalisation has led to an increase in crime, addiction or anything else the opponents of Proposition 64 grimly predict. In fact the Dutch point to the fact that the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S between 1919 and 1933 brought more crime and violence than ever before and virtually no positive social change.

  So hopefully California voters will see sense and follow in the footsteps of the enlightened Dutch lawmakers on November 8. 

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