Economics of Legalized Marijuana in Amsterdam

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Economics of Legalized Marijuana in Amsterdam

1. What resources are involved in legalized soft drugs in Amsterdam?
There are many resources involved in the market of soft drugs. Whether it be human resources or the plants itself. The use of cannabis products has been legalized ; every town has at least one "hash and coffee shop", and the possession of less than 30 grams is not prosecuted by the police. In spite of the liberalization of the use of soft drugs, trafficking in cannabis products is still forbidden. Which has a great rise in the demand of better foreign plants that people desire hence raising the cost of the desired plant. Besides the possession of hash, the possession by addicts of hard drugs (an amount less than ½ gram of heroin, cocaine, or morphine) has been permitted. So even though there is legalized coffee shops there is still a need for hard drug dealers to sell those drugs. Legalized coffee shops does not diminish the need for corner drug dealers only in the case of marijuana and hash. The coffee shops are another resource to this way of society. There are somewhere between 350-600 coffee shops in and around Amsterdam each one employing who knows how many employees. There are also the other products they sell in the shops ranging from pipes and bongs to weed brownies and coffee. Other then the shops itself probably the main resource needed is the plant growers them self. Whether the plants come from Holland or another country this is a very marketable and profitable cash crop. Acres of land is needed to grow marijuana and hash which cost many to maintain. There is also workshops needed to produce the marijuana into the final product once it is cultivated from the ground.

In the Netherlands, there are no legal grounds for compulsory kicking the habit, or is kicking the habit considered to be a condition of extending aid to the users of illegal drugs. As the Dutch Minister of Justice put it in 1987:"In the Netherlands...
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