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Softdrugs toleration 'to end'

The Dutch policy of tolerating the sale and use of marijuana and hash in small amounts will not exist anymore in 10 years, so has Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst predicted at a drugs congress in Mexico. He expects that the Dutch drugs policy will become increasingly stricter in order to get in line with the rest of Europe.

In the past eight years the softdrugs policy became much stricter already. The amount of coffeeshops declined with 40% and in
80% of the Dutch municipalities coffeeshops disappeared completely.
According to Hoogervorst the image of an extreme tolerant softdrugs policy is no longer a correct refection of nowadays reality.

Source: Nederlands Dagblad
11-01-2007


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