I think that we should adopt the same policy as they use in the Netherlands. They have a policy of tolerance and personal responsibility. As much as
people like to cite the US findings on the Netherland drug policies, these "reports" can hardly be considered honest. The Dutch government has
provided the accurate numbers and results of their drug policies and they prove what those in favor of a similar policy here in the states have been
saying all along.
Drug use in the population of 12 years and older in the U.S. and the Netherlands (1997)
1st set of #'s=Ever used; 2nd set of #'s=used in Past year; 3rd set of #'s=used in Past month:
tobacco- US 70.5* Nthrlnds 67.9; US 32.7* Nthrlnds 38.1; US 29.6* Nthrlnds 34.3
cannabis- US 32.9 Nthrlnds 15.6; US 9 Nthrlnds 4.5; US 5.1 Nthrlnds 2.5
coc aine- US 10.5 Nthrlnds 2.1; US 1.9 Nthrlnds 0.6; US 0.7 Nthrlnds 0.2
inhalants- US 5.7 Nthrlnds 0.5; US 1.1 Nthrlnds 0.1; US 0.4 Nthrlnds #
alcohol- US 81.9 Nthrlnds 90.2; US 64.1 Nthrlnds 82.5; US 51.4 Nthrlnds 73.3
heroin- US 0.9 Nthrlnds 0.3; US 0.3 Nthrlnds 0.1; US # Nthrlnds #
*cigarettes only # not measurable
Source U.S.: National Household Survey 1997 SAMHSA, Office of applied studies Washington DC. Source the Netherlands: M. Abraham, P. Cohen, M. De
Winter: Licit and Illicit drug use in the Netherlands Uva/CBS, CEDRO
For more information contact Peter Cohen (from the US 011-31 -20-525 4278) or press informants Jeroen Winckers (tel. from the US 011-31- 20-525 2695)
and Joris van den Heuvel (tel. from the US 011-31-20-525 2835).
See these links for the rest of this report and for another article on the subject.
Obviously, the US approach is not the way to go on this, yet we persist in our outdated and failing efforts. Why? Because the pharmaceutical
industry controls a large part of the government. Between them, the tobacco companies, the alcohol companies, and the textile companies, (all of
which fund the War on Drugs) it's going to be a long hard fight to change anything.