What Life With Pot Looks Like in a Country Where it’s Been Basically Legal for 40 Years
If anyone in the world has experience with marijuana legalization, it’s the Dutch. For nearly 40 years, the limited sale and use of the plant has been effectively legalized — so-called “coffee shops” are allowed to stock and sell small quantities of cannabis to adult buyers.
With four decades of experience to draw from you might assume that the Dutch have some opinions on marijuana legalization that we might learn from. And as it turns out, they do: A survey conducted this past summer found that 70 percent of Netherlands residents support broadening the country’s marijuana laws to loosen restrictions on the cultivation of marijuana.
This comports with other surveys in the past few years showing:
- 65 percent of Dutch residents favor completely legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.
- 61 percent of the Dutch say that limiting “coffee shop” marijuana sales to Netherlands residents only would be a bad idea.
- 57 percent of the Dutch think that allowing the cultivation of up to five cannabis plants for personal use would not be a problem.
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