Dutch crack down on drugs policy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:928
  1. Tony Sheldon

    The Dutch parliament, under pressure from foreign governments, is set to tighten up its drugs policy. Branded the “drugsland” of Europe for its policy of decriminalising cannabis the Netherlands will now take tough measures.

    The number of places where cannabis is sold, known as coffee shops, is likely to be reduced from 2000 to just over 1000 by the stricter local enforcement of rules banning nuisance, selling alcohol, and selling hard drugs. The maximum amount of cannabis that can be sold to …

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