A Dutch study into public opinion has shown the highest levels of support yet for a fully regulated cannabis market. The study was carried out by Professor Jan Brouwer of Groningen University together with the research company Motivaction.
Current Dutch laws ‘tolerate' the sale of cannabis in coffee shops, but the production of cannabis to supply the coffee shops remains illegal. 66% of those surveyed felt that the current laws were ‘hypocritical’ .
The survey also showed more public support (57%) for a fully regulated market than for the current policy or tolerance. This is good news for Dutch politicians who will feel re-assured that public opinion is behind them should they take the bold step of regulation / full legalization in the future. Currently organised crime pays no tax on the sales of cannabis produced in large quantities, but a regulated cannabis market would allow significant tax revenues as well as thousands of well paid jobs.
January 5th 2016
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