Economics of Legalized Marijuana in Amsterdam Essay

951 Words Apr 26th, 2005 4 Pages
Economics of Legalized Marijuana in Amsterdam

1. What resources are involved in legalized soft drugs in Amsterdam? There are many resources involved in the market of soft drugs. Whether it be human resources or the plants itself. The use of cannabis products has been legalized ; every town has at least one "hash and coffee shop", and the possession of less than 30 grams is not prosecuted by the police. In spite of the liberalization of the use of soft drugs, trafficking in cannabis products is still forbidden. Which has a great rise in the demand of better foreign plants that people desire hence raising the cost of the desired plant. Besides the possession of hash, the possession by addicts of hard drugs (an amount less than ½
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Addiction involves a lifestyle which cannot be changed easily and quickly"( Harrison ). Another resource of this culture is care facilities for addicts. They are charged with a great variety of tasks, such as: being an intermediary between the official society and the world of drug users; taking care of their material conditions; organizing the methadone programs, as well as needle exchange programs, and providing condoms to heroin prostitutes. All these activities are not directed at kicking the use of drugs, but simply at harm reduction or the limitation of damage to the health of the addict or to his or her social functioning. 2. How does the legal sale of soft drugs impact the economic productivity of Amsterdam? The annual revenue of the Netherlands is about $500 million a year in domestic sales. Also think about the money they are saving not fighting illegal marijuana. Compare it to the fight on drugs in America, currently the government loses money in its pursuit of drug users, including the enforcement of laws against cannabis users and dealers. "Marijuana accounts for 30% of drug arrests in America."(Schumacher) Hence in Holland the government is maybe saving between 6 and 9 billion dollars annually, in law enforcement alone compared to the U.S. losing that much and the possible income of regulated sales of marijuana. Other

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