Clandestine cannabis growers in the Netherlands net two billion euros (2.7 billion dollars) a year — worth almost half the country’s horticultural sector. By comparison, according to NRC Handelsblad, country’s horticultural sector generates about 5.5 billion euros in annual income.
Police investigations suggested that about 500 tonnes of Dutch cannabis were exported each year.
“We know that at least 80 percent of production is for export. In the Netherlands there are 400,000 users of the drug and of hashish. If it was only them, the problem would be entirely manageable,” Daniel said.
And if production was thoroughly legalized, prices would be stabilized – and lower. The Netherlands has come halfway to reality and a rational policy. It’s time to move the rest of the way.