The Netherlands. Cannabis to be the main election issue in 2017
Cannabis campaigners in The Netherlands have been surprised by long-awaited news that there is chance of a major shift in cannabis legality in the coming year. Minister of Justice, Ard van der Stuer has announced that the legalisation of soft drugs (cannabis) will be the most important issue at the next general election. Until now, Dutch law has tolerated, rather than legalized, cannabis. This has created some legal anomalies, such as coffeeshops tolerated to sell cannabis to adult consumers, yet the actual production of cannabis remains in the hands of the blackmarket where revenues fund other illegal activities and no tax is paid. In the USA cannabis model all aspects of cannabis production, sale, transport and use have been legalized, this creates good jobs and taxable revenues for the Government.