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Drug Policy in the Netherlands

Once the boldest nation in the world for its approach to drugs and drug policies, the Netherlands has taken a new path over the past 12 years. In this series we look at where the nation is going and why.

ctrp429 Sabotaging Drug Policy in the Netherlands

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photo by Javi Vte Rejas / flickr

Before the city of Maastricht chose to pursue marijuana prohibition policies they first asked a team of researchers to examine what impact it would have.… Read Full Text

ctrp424 Behind the Coffeeshop Counter

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photo by El próximo viaje / Victoriamdq on flickr

When it comes to drug policy and coffeeshops in the Netherlands, we rarely hear the voices of those who work behind the counter and see how things work (or don’t work). … Read Full Text

ctrp423 Myths of Cannabis Prohibition in the Netherlands

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Over the past years alot of half-assed information has been spread by a combination of poor journalism and rumors via social media, which states that foreigners can no longer buy cannabis in coffeeshops in Amsterdam.… Read Full Text

ctrp316 Coffeeshops, Drug Tourism, and Politics

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Two Dutch municipalities decided last year that all their coffeeshops must be closed down.… Read Full Text