Is this your blog? You post to it often.
Why don’t you just post the entire article here according to forum guidelines?
I think we’ve got a serial blog pimp here... take a look.
I’m easy(and to a point, libertarian)...legalize it...but remember...there is a significant percentage of the population that will have psychotic episodes from their herb use....
I’ll be happy to read the article if you will post the whole thing. If it is any good I might visit the blog too.
This blog post is inaccurate.
To start with, the big picture of the Netherlands is that while soft drugs and prostitution are legal (and I’ll only mention in passing that it is also a religious missionary capital of the world), the problem does not lay in the drugs or prostitutes themselves, but in those “drug and prostitution tourists” who are “ugly”.
The typical Dutch youth actually uses *less* drugs than the young people in parts of Europe where drugs are illegal. Not just less in frequency, but less in quantity, as well.
On a related note, the decline in marriage among the young tracks pretty close to that in the rest of Europe, whether or not prostitution is legal.
The recent political shift in the Netherlands to the right, while driven by a rejection of the left and immigration, has focused on clamping down on the “ugly” tourists, by restricting the drug trade and prostitution. That this is associated with morality is dubious, because it is seemingly done to *avoid* dealing with the issues of too much government and too many illegal aliens.
Which sounds all together familiar here in the US, where for years, the Republicans have “thrown bones” to conservatives on social issues to avoid dealing with major problems.
So the bottom line is that drugs and prostitution are not the real problem in the Netherlands. Never have been.
The War on Drugs, like the War on Poverty, is a fedgov program that uses the New Deal Commerce Clause as it's constitutional authority. Do you want a War on Rape and a War on Murder run by fedgov?
This is the era of the Tea Party and the Tenth Amendment. Drug Warriors will be thrown under the bus. Count on it.