1. Prostitution is almost regulated by the government
2. The sale of cannabis for recreational use in “coffee shops” is regulated by the government
3. It was also the first country to legalise euthanasia.
Well let me fill you in on some new developments. There is still a lot of illegal prostitution going on, the new administration is trying to forbid “coffee shops” in the neighborhood of schools. They are doing their best to get a grip on illegal cannabis plantations.
And now there is news about cannabis in The Netherlands from the Sydney Morning Herald:
The Dutch Government said on Wednesday it wants to promote the development of cannabis-based medicine and will extend the drug’s availability in pharmacies by five years to allow more scientific research.
This development is going on for a long time. A change of the Dutch law on controlled substances (Opium Act) took effect on 17 March 2003. It includes regulations for applications regarding the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes and guidelines for cultivating cannabis.