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70% Of Dutch Support Marijuana Legalization

After nearly four decades of defacto legalization in the Netherlands the sky hasn't fallen and an impressive 70% of Dutch citizens support full legalization of marijuana.


Dutch use of marijuana is lower than that of most European countries and they are less likely to be heavy users.


With the Dutch enjoying high levels of education, employment, and quality of life marijuana clearly isn't a problem.


As matter of fact Dutch rates of the use of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin are all substantially lower than the United States.




The Netherlands approach to marijuana is a success story we could well learn from.

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TommyMarin commented on Friday, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:53 PM

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The resolution reaffirms that the federal government cannot use its power to force states, the laboratories of democracy, to criminalize marijuana or hemp, as “doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering.”



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lindataylor commented on Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:12 PM

In a Swedish survey, only 14 percent of people under 30 answered that it should be legal to smoke cannabis.


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