Of Soft Drugs, Tolerant Drug Policy, and Renewable Energy

The Netherlands is not only known for its tolerant drug policy. It is also renowned for its cannabis coffee shop culture. And yet contrary to what some people mistakenly think cannabis is illegal under the country’s laws. But it follows a model that provides a little leeway for personal use. The country takes a more tolerant approach to soft drugs and the selling of cannabis in coffee shops provided they adhere to the regulations and conditions set by the government.

Many advocates of the decriminalization of cannabis look to the Dutch model as an example of the advantages of adopting a more tolerant approach to policy-making when it comes to prohibited drugs. The Netherlands takes a hard stance against illegal drugs, but they tolerate it up to a point by setting strict criteria and conditions that everyone should adhere to. Just because there are several coffee shops selling cannabis in the country does not make the act legal. Rather, the government does not prosecute this particular offense provided the coffee shops follow the guidelines and conditions that have been set.

But beyond the Netherlands’ strategy in regulating cannabis use are its many fascinating programs and initiatives that make them global leaders in areas like renewable energy. Hiking in the Netherlands or taking a train trip across the country provides an interesting glimpse and insight into the green technology and innovations it is working on. From Dutch road designs that aim to be more energy efficient to electric trains a hundred percent powered by wind energy, the country serves as a role model not just for its tolerance on soft drugs but also for its work on exploring more sustainable ways to power its needs.