Current policy

The current Dutch drug policy stems from the International Opium Convention of 1912, the first international treaty tasked with the control of drug trafficking. At the time the emphasis was on controlling trade to safeguard economic interests. Currently the emphasis lies on reducing the availability of drugs and harm reduction. Production, import, export, trade and possession of drugs are now prohibited in the Netherlands. A breach of these regulations is punishable. To ensure that people (even when under the influence) always seek medical care when needed, the use of drugs and being under the influence is not prohibited in the Netherlands.

But what consequences result from these policies? A brief outline of the current situation:

Unfortunately, a large part of trade and distribution is under the control of organized crime. The police and judicial authorities have trouble keeping up with them, which places a high financial burden on society. This War on Drugs has resulted in many victims, thousands of deaths and many others ending up in prison for years. In addition, this uncontrolled production is also harmful to the environment: the chemical waste is simply dumped somewhere since it must be done quickly and discreetly. The result is that it often ends up being dumped in the wild.

 In addition, it seems that the main objective of this ‘war’  – namely reducing availability and consumption – is not being achieved. The price of drugs has barely increased, and their availability has never been greater.

In short: people use and will always use drugs – ban or no ban – but the current drug policy is not based on realistic and/or thorough research. We believe that consumers should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to bear the risks of drug use. However, we also believe that it should be done under supervision and backed up by proper education. Policy should be free of prejudice, based on scientific research and in collaboration with relevant organizations, experts and the consumer. After all, only the consumer can provide clarity about his or her motivation and their wishes and needs.

HIGH HUMANS offers a place where the voices of these consumers can be heard, free of shame and discomfort. Soon thousands upon thousands of drug consumers can let our government know that it is time for a new and more appropriate policy.

Because only when we make our voices be heard, a conversation can be had. 

 

Sources & further reading: 

De Correspondent / Bart de Koning – Red Nederland legaliseer drugs 2015

De Correspondent / Thijs Roes – Ik zocht naar manieren om drugs beter te reguleren en dit vond ik tot nu toe 2016

Eindhovens Dagblad / Kaj Hollemans – Cannabis legaal; minder schade 2017

Eindhovens Dagblad / Kaj Hollemans – Harde aanpak drugsgebruikers bant de criminaliteit niet uit 2019

Elsevier / Gerlof Leistra – ‘De oorlog tegen drugs valt niet te winnen. Nooit’ 2019 

Het Parool / Tim Jansma, Mac Busz en Guido van Diepen – ‘Veroordeel de ‘jogasnuiver’ niet’ 2019

HP de Tijd / Door Postma – Wetenschappelijk drugsadvies wordt vaak genegeerd 2018 

Initiatiefnemers Floor van Bakkum, Vera Bergkamp, Maarten Groothuizen, Dr. Ton Nabben – Manifest voor een realistisch drugsbeleid 2020

NOS / Remco Andringa – Weer meer drugsafval gedumpt, gemeenten vrezen kosten 2018

OneWorld / Sandra Deira – Leg de schuld niet bij de drugsgebruiker 2019

RIVM – Ranking van drugs. Een vergelijking van de schadelijkheid van drugs 2009

Rozenberg Quarterly / Ton Nabben High Amsterdam. Ritme, roes en regels in het uitgaansleven 2020

Tijdschrift voor de Politie / Bart de Koning – Waarom voeren we nog steeds een War on Drugs? 2019

Trimbos – Nationale Drugsmonitor 2019 

Trouw / Kristel van Teeffelen – De twee gezichten van het Nederlandse drugsbeleid 2020 

Trouw / Vera Bergkamp, Floor van Bakkum en Ton Nabben – Regel een realistisch drugsbeleid en benoem een onafhankelijke staatscommissie 2020

Universiteit van Nederland  / Dr. Bram Ramaekers / Dr. Gjalt-Jorn Peters / Dr. Kim van Oorsouw / Prof. dr. Pieter Tops / Prof. dr. Jan Ramaekers – 5 topwetenschappers over drugs & pillen 2018

VN / Bart de Koning – Het debat: moet Nederland cannabis legaliseren? 2016