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Dutch cannabis usage below EU average
    #11390062 - 11/05/09 12:41 PM (8 years, 7 months ago)

Dutch News.nl


Thursday 05 Nov 2009


Just 5.4% of the Dutch use marijuana or cannabis at least once a year, compared with 7% of Europeans as a whole, according to new EU research.

Italians are the biggest users of marijuana - 14.6% of Italians aged 15 to 64 took the drug in the year before the survey was carried out, the report by the EU's drug monitoring agency showed.

The Netherlands also has one of the lowest drug-related death rates in the EU - just eight per million, compared with almost 50 per million in the UK, the survey showed.

A spokesman for the drug addiction institute Trimbos told the Volkskrant the results of the survey show the Dutch policy of turning a blind eye to small scale soft drug usage had paid off.

Cocaine is the second most popular drug in Europe, apart from in the Netherlands where ecstasy is in second place.

However, the agency says the Netherlands is still one of the biggest producers of both ecstasy and amphetamines in Europe.

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2009/11/dutch_cannabis_usage_below_eu.php


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Re: Dutch cannabis usage below EU average [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11390150 - 11/05/09 12:55 PM (8 years, 7 months ago)

Every advocate of legalization and decriminalization needs to shout this from the mountaintops


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Re: Dutch cannabis usage below EU average [Re: kydelic]
    #11390602 - 11/05/09 02:25 PM (8 years, 7 months ago)

If i'm not mistaken heroin is about on par for popularity, in the Netherlands...


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Re: Dutch cannabis usage below EU average [Re: kydelic]
    #11391454 - 11/05/09 04:50 PM (8 years, 7 months ago)

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kydelic said:
Every advocate of legalization and decriminalization needs to shout this from the mountaintops




Agreed! I was thinking this needs to be in eleven foot headlines across the US and other countries of the UN. Jeez, if these statistics are accurate or at least if the methods behind the data polling are solid - this is very encouraging news.

I also love how the Netherlands is smart enough not to make cocaine the 2nd most popular after herb, MDMA, nice choice! My kinda people :smile:


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Re: Dutch cannabis usage below EU average [Re: kydelic]
    #11391609 - 11/05/09 05:10 PM (8 years, 7 months ago)

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kydelic said:
Every advocate of legalization and decriminalization needs to shout this from the mountaintops




The reply from the right will be the same as for the UHC debate: But America's different, that won't work here.
It's bullshit, obviously, but that'd be the reply. I'd almost be willing to bet money on it.


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