Recent Study in Amsterdam Confirms Legalized Marijuana Does Not Result In More Cannabis Consumption
During my many stays in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, I have visited just about every “coffee shop” there is. I’ve tried so many strains and special brownies that I’ve officially lost count. However, it is safe to say… I am in completely in love with the city of Amsterdam. I have become infatuated with the bustling streets, “frites (fries) mit samurai sauce,” and an occasional whiff of Cheese, White Widow, or the native Dutch Treat seeping from the side streets.
“We hypothesized that closer proximity to coffee shops would result in more cannabis consumption. This hypothesis was not confirmed.”
However, a short walk over a few bridges, past the red lights and tourist filled streets, you will discover a completely different personality of the city. The quiet roads, and empty sidewalks allow you to take a care free walk and appreciate the city for what it really is; a magnificent old world city with a history dating back to the 12 century. The city is clean, the people are friendly, and the beauty of the canals and architecture never cease to amaze you.
The Dutch see smoking marijuana as a fundamental matter of health, which they consider a right of the individual, similar to the use of alcohol or tobacco. “Soft Drugs,” such as cannabis (in all forms) and hallucinogenic mushrooms are legal for personal use in Amsterdam. Many Americans think Amsterdam is merely a city of potheads, but the reality is actually far from that. A city built on the principles of tolerance and acceptance of diversity; it is fueled by passionate people who celebrate their culture.
According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Criminology, the prevalence of coffee shops does not seem to be linked to an increase in cannabis use amongst locals. The authors were quoted saying, “We hypothesized that closer proximity to coffee shops would result in more cannabis consumption. This hypothesis was not confirmed.” More proof that making marijuana a legal drug, such as alcohol, would not result in more pot-smokers walking around the streets. In fact, recent evidence shows and published reports show the exact opposite effect. That is, cannabis use actually declines in places where it is legalized.
The full summary of the study can be found here.