Dutch news – Dutch Judges: Legalise Cannabis
THE HAGUE, 08/10/08 – Over half the magistrates in the Netherlands consider cannabis should be legalised. So reports Vrij Nederland weekly, following a survey among the judiciary.
The leftwing weekly interviewed 489 judges, 140 prosecutors and 22 judges in training. Over half (52 percent) were in favour of decriminalising ‘soft drugs’ (cannabis, hash).
Most people in the States believe that marijuana is legal in the Netherlands. It isn’t – it is still prohibited and you can be arrested for it. However, the Dutch have a policy of tolerating marijuana in the coffeeshops, which follow strict guidelines controlling the sales and personal use of cannabis.