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Amsterdam triangle: dream or drama?

The Netherlands - by Mr. Kaj Hollemans (KH Legal Advice) (columns KHLA).

Last Friday the mayor of Amsterdam presented a plan to combat drug crime in Amsterdam. For the Amsterdam triangle (mayor, police and Public Prosecution Service) everything starts with prevention and enforcing positive sustainable development in the longer term, for the benefit of all Amsterdam citizens. Repression is the necessary and inevitable final piece in combating excesses, says Mayor Halsema.

In the plan “Triangle against drug crimeFive goals have been formulated:

  • Raising awareness among 'recreational users' of the corrupting effects of drug trafficking.

    The Amsterdam triangle aims to initiate a social discussion about the social effects of drug use in the near future and to make users aware of the social damage through information.
  • Strengthening the division between the soft and hard drugs market

    By reducing the size of the Amsterdam cannabis market and making it manageable, while simultaneously regulating the back door, the triangle aims to strengthen the separation between the soft and hard drugs market.
  • Offering perspective to (vulnerable) young people

    The triangle initiates and participates in programs aimed at strengthening the opportunities, social position and perspective of vulnerable young people.
  • Countering corruption and subversion

    The triangle aims to prevent and counteract corruption and undermining as a result of drug trafficking as effectively as possible by means of administrative, preventive and repressive measures.
  • Counteracting excessive violence

    The triangle aims to achieve a substantial reduction in excessive violence through a combination of administrative, preventive and repressive measures.

Welfare

In short, for the sake of the well-being of all Amsterdam citizens, there will soon be an awareness campaign aimed at “yogasnuivers”, 100 of the 166 coffee shops Closed and the local government wants to combat corruption, subversion and violence with a combination of administrative, preventive and repressive measures.

The most important aspect of the Amsterdam triangle has been forgotten when drawing up these plans. Apparently no one has told the mayor and the other crime fighters that the drug market is primarily demand-driven, rather than supply-driven. As long as the demand for drugs persists, all these proposals are doomed in advance and will only lead to more misery, more nuisance and more violence. If one thing has become clear in recent years is that the "war on drugs" has led to more drug use and more drug crime, rather than less. 

A campaign aimed at “yogasnuivers” has no chance as long as no realistic alternative is offered for this (large) group of users. Closing coffee shops and denying foreigners access to these coffee shops will mainly lead to more street trade, more nuisance and more violence. And recent research Michelle Bruin of the University of Groningen shows that the government is increasingly making use of the possibilities offered by administrative law, because criminal law restricts the government too much in its ability to act against drugs (crime). This puts the legal protection of citizens under increasing pressure. Mayors may, out of court, shut down homes associated with drug trafficking or other criminal activity. This happens more and more, even with small amounts of drugs or when there is no nuisance. The fight against drugs continues and innocent civilians and even children are the victims. The contours of a new drama are emerging. The local government has apparently learned little from the benefits affair.

So, for the sake of the well-being of all Amsterdam citizens, the Amsterdam triangle proposes to take a number of measures that pose a threat to the well-being of the same citizens. How do you come up with that?

Amsterdam triangle: dream or drama? (fig.)
Amsterdam triangle: dream or drama?
The polder war against drugs cannot be won. (afb.)

Polder War

While more and more countries around us realize that the “war on drugs” cannot be won and are looking for alternatives, in the Netherlands we remain fully committed to repression, with a kind of holy belief that this time it will have the desired effect. lead. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome, see Einstein al. The polder war against drugs can't be won. The sooner administrators recognize this and dare to look for alternatives, such as regulating or legalizing certain markets and resources, the better it is for the well-being of all Dutch citizens.

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2 comments

Henry May 19, 2021 - 08:07

All those government programs to offer vulnerable young people a perspective usually have little effect. There is a large bag of money, a few young people get an insignificant subsidized temporary job under the guise of work experience and when the money runs out they are back to square one.

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Onlyضا October 30, 2021 - 08:51

هدف براندازی مواد مخدر باید یک طرح جهانی باشد.مثال .برخی دولت ها مثل کره شمالی و افغانستان و و ده ها دولت و توجهی مخدر گره خورده که مثلن در کاری کنید طرح تون محکوم به شکست هستش اعتقاد سازی دارند من همین هلند رو مثال میزنم و اجتناب دارند مثل آلمان که رایگان درمان میکنند . برخی اشد مجازات دارند مانند عربستان کشور خودمون ده ها کوتاه و بلند مدت اجماع و کمک جهانی و از همه عزمی جزم . الان یک جایی مثل واتیکان داره با پول خیریه بزرگترین باندهای مافیایی ایتالیا و لاتین میچرخه اعضا جوامع و نهادهای تاثیرگذار خودشون قاتی شدن . باید به اعتیاد با نگاهی مشترک دیده شود.مثل نگاهی که به کرونا داریم .مثل نگاهی که به طاعون یا سرطان داریم.همه برای نابود کردنش بجنگند که محاله . در خود کمپ های اعتیاد دیدم که به افراد مواد میفروشند. اینقدر درآمدهای این صنعت ساخت توزیع جذاب هستش که ترک اون محاله . تنها با ساخت یک کیلو به سودی صد میرسیم . کنید کاری رو با هفته ای صد میلیون درآمد.

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