It is very difficult to draw a general unequivocal conclusion and put an end to the discussion that is being held around the Netherlands. However, having learned all the way that the Netherlands has done, the victories and disappointments that have been waiting for it on this path, every sensible person can decide for himself whether the legalization of light drugs is good or bad.
The golden age of cannabis
The 17th century can rightly be called Golden for the Netherlands since it was at this time that the country began to rapidly gain momentum in the trade and economic sphere. Many know that the growth of the Dutch economy was mainly due to the large volumes of agricultural products exported. However, very few people know that a very large proportion of this production was accounted for by hemp (Latin cánnabis).
Cannabis was a very popular raw material. Its stems were used for the production of fibers, and since the Netherlands is also a large sea power, ropes, ropes, cannabis sails for thousands of ships built at its shipyards and coming to its ports from other countries were very much in demand. The cannabis seeds of the plant were successfully used as feed for poultry, as a raw material for green soap, oil, and paints.
However, with the development of new technologies, the “hemp” business fell into decay. Steam engines appeared, and ship rigging on ships became irrelevant. Yes, and Russia offered cannabis at much more favorable rates. So the cultivation of cannabis in the country was reduced to a minimum, but those who used the plant for medicinal purposes, still could not help noticing its specifics.
Effects of the legalization of light drugs in the Netherlands
1. In spite of the fact that it was now possible to sell and buy light drugs in the large cities of the Netherlands, their movement across the border was still banned. Where do you get the goods for sale? Owners of coffee shops found a logical way out of the situation – they began to grow cannabis themselves and achieved very impressive results.
Dutch breeders have grown their own variety of cannabis, Nederwiet (Nederwiet), which was recognized by experts as one of the best in the world. This variety appeared to the society quite strong in comparison with other varieties of cannabis, common in the 70-80s. If the concentration of THC (substance responsible for narcotic intoxication) in standard cigarettes with marijuana was no more than 5%, then with the appearance of Nedervit this concentration increased to 20 and even 35%, which is already higher than the figure on which the recommendations of the Baan Commission were based in the 1976 year.