Pubdate: Fri, 17 Nov 2000
Source: Essex Courier (UK)
Copyright: 2000 Essex Courier
Address: Foremost House, Radford Way, Billericay, Essex CM12 OBZ
Fax: 01277 633112
Author: Gaetano


Dear Editor,

DUTCH POLICE took Mr Pickles to a variety of coffee shops where
they informed him that "the drug dealers who supply cannabis 'through the
back door' are, generally speaking, the same ones that supply crack, heroin
and ecstasy." The Dutch approach to the cannabis issue has been in force
for more than 20 years. They haven't changed back because it is
demonstrably working. It is indeed working but in the Dutch social and
cultural context (believe me not applicable to the UK). Less Dutch than
British children use cannabis. The average age of Dutch Heroin addicts is
older than the average for British Heroin addicts. The dealers the Dutch
Police told Mr Pickles about are in the UK, not in Holland!

Saludos Gaetano
By email
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