Cannabis policy In their latest episode, Cannabis News Network reports on the double standards of the Dutch government in regards to their drug policy. The so-called ‘back door problem’ is the biggest paradox of the cannabis policy in the Netherlands.
In their latest episode, Cannabis News Network reports on the double standards of the Dutch government in regards to their drug policy.
The Dutch State is currently being sued by Johan van Laarhoven’s lawyers, in order to have him released from a cruel and inhumane prison in Thailand. Van Laarhoven made his fortune as the owner of 4 coffeeshops, amongst other legitimate businesses.
The Dutch Ministry of Justice is accusing him of laundering criminal money, and investing it in Thailand. However, because of said ministry’s failure to establish a better drug policy, Van Laarhoven has been imprisoned for almost a year now, in a jail in Thailand, under horrific circumstances.
And this is where the confusion begins. The Dutch government operates under a double standard as it is tolerated for a coffeeshop owner to sell soft drugs to the public trough their front door, but it is illegal to purchase the coffeeshop’s supply through the back door.
This so-called ‘back door problem’ is the biggest paradox of the Dutch cannabis policy. And while many parties – including lawyers, politicians, local governments, mayors etc. – are fed up with this situation and are suggesting alternatives, the Dutch government is not willing to give a single inch.