Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dutch weird drugs policy

Despite its international reputation as a Mecca for legal drugs, the use or possession of weed or hash is in fact still a misdemeanour in the Netherlands. But since a 1976 revision of the Opium Law separated hard drugs (e.g. cocaine, xtc) and soft drugs (cannabis), personal use of the latter is no longer prosecuted and the cafes that sell them are tolerated as well.
In a just released report, which is in line with repressive measures already taken in recent years, the committee explicitly says it does not want to end the so-called 'gedoogbeleid' (tolerance policy), nor does it want to legalise the cannabis trade completely.
The three parties in the Dutch coalition government - Christian democrats, Labour and ChristenUnie (orthodox Christian) - agree that the present drugs policy needs to be revised. The country has seen a dramatic increase in drug tourism and exports of Dutch-grown cannabis have soared. That is not just causing problems at home, it also gives offence to other EU member states unhappy with the Dutch policy.
But the coalition parties don't see eye to eye on which direction to take. The current drugs policy is ambiguous at best: cannabis users are not prosecuted and coffee shops are licensed, but the cultivation and wholesale of cannabis are still prohibited.
Here some facts about the Dutch current cannabis policy (but the key word remais 'gedoog beleid which is barely translatable into 'tolerance policy'):

*The use, possession or sale of cannabis have never been legalised in the Netherlands. Possession and production for personal use are considered misdeameanours. However, possesion of cannabis for personal use is not prosecuted up to five grammes or five cannabis plants.
*Coffee shops are allowed to stock a maximum of 500 grammes of cannabis.
*Large-scale production, export or import of cannabis are illegal, and should always prosecuted.
*In other words: coffee shop owners can legally sell cannabis but they cannot legally buy it.

The committee suggestions:
*Limit the sale of cannabis to local users
*Experiment with legal production and supply of members-only coffee shops
*Order more research, possibly rethink distinction between soft and hard drugs
*Appoint a drug czar to coordinate all initiatives

Interesting facts to know:
Statistics actually show a decline in the number of Dutch teenagers using soft drugs, from 14 percent in 1996 to 10 percent today. Of the Dutch population between 15 and 64 less than 5 percent smokes drugs on a regular basis.

The Netherlands? What about the Dutch!

The Netherlands is a fictional land from Peter Pan located in the far west of Europe, It is a Germanic state no matter how many Dutch themselves wish to believe otherwise and home to a countless number of Nazi experiments gone terribly wrong, i.e. overgrown, arrogant, albino, mutant apes. They are also the first country who were moronic enough to vote for Harry Potter as their president. It has been manufacturing wooden shoes and windmills for the world-market ever since the Dutch noticed they had ocean-front property, and realized that they could make money off of it. In fact the Dutch can be considered the most Capitalist race in existance Established the first MN ever: VOC), often buying and selling anything: From weed to their own children. The Dutch themselves are also famous for making the Major Germanic Evolution of switching from Beer as their primary energy source to Marijuana.

The Dutch-Turks

The Turks of Holland also called "Negerveger" are ruders from Africa. They came to Holland to take it over
Because the Limburgians are exterminating the Dutch and because of the giant immigration numbers almost every citizen of the Netherlands is Muslim. Except in Brabant were everybody is partying all day long!!
The Dutch themselves have for some reason or another fallen in love with the color orange, and make it a point to cover anything possible in that color (Traffic lights, Tanks, and foreigners.), you are often not considered Dutch at all if you don't have at least 4 things in the color Orange on you at all times. The Dutch being the only Germans not to have embraced Red as the true color of a Reich. The Dutch are also unique out of all Germans in that their main energy source is not the blood of their enemies and beer, but Blood and Marijuana.

World domination.

In August 1966, psychic and former mafia correspondent Luigi "Oh no, not again" Brachtzachztatchtull had a revelation that the Netherlands will take over the world. However, for decades, Brachtzachztatchtull's prophecy was disgregarded by other prophets as an elaborate hoax designed to brew anti-Dutch sentiments among Chilean penguins. It was not until July 17, 2006, that Brachtzachztatchtull's prophecy was comfirmed to be fact true by the Netherlands' prime minister, Jan Potter Balkenende. In the official press statement, Balkenende declared, "we, the Netherlands, in fact do have plans for world domination, and all those other countries don't stand a chance." The world domination plans have not fully been put into action yet, but are scheduled to start in July 2009. By December 12, the Netherlands plan to control every corner of the world. Including Antarctica.
The new empire will be called The Netherlandss, with the additional S to distinguish it from the former country. Balkenende will make a press statement on September 4 concerning the outline for world domiantion plans, and the structure of the new government. Balkenende stated that all this information is "strictly top secret and classified." He subsequtnly issued another press statement on September 5, which simply says, "Oops."
The great minds of Appeltern in coorperation with Oscar Wilde, master Chief, Chuck Norris, Hans Teeuwen and Shigeru Miyamoto, are as we speak thinking of a plan to stop Luigi "Oh no, not again" Brachtzachztatchtull and Jan Potter Balkenende. Appeltern: "We whish to appologize for the inconvenience, this whole situation went unnoticed by us, for we were busy constructing and installing the Presidentionator 2000 mk2 (aka Barak Obama), don't worry, we'll take care of it!" After this communications seized, but experts believe the solution has something to do with the internets, Oscar Wilde and cream filled scones. Also the Royal Dutch Marine Corps has been training with the English Royal Marines, the Norwegian Vikings and the Irish. Stealing tactics, and sleeping with their wives to breed Dutch patriotism into the English and Norwegian population. The many nude jokes on Monty Pythons' The Dutch Are Taking over the World are an excelent example of how the cunning Dutch people redirect the English culture into a drugloving, and beer-drinking society. Obviously with help from the Irish, who drink as much themselves. The tactics of the Royal Dutch Marine Corps extend from shooting people who can be seen (English sniper tactics), up to blowing up who cannot be seen. This tactic leaves the English guerillas defenseless, as they are very good at hiding because of Scottish Import Ghillie Suits, and thus get blown op. This is how the Dutch won several wars against England, including in 1665, 1665 part II, 1666, 1667, 1668, 1670, 1760 and the Gothic War.

Day Opening - July 4

Rainbow an mountains; heavenly.