Drugs and drug policy in the Netherlands
- Leuw, Ed.
- Place of publication:
- The Hague
- Year of publication:
- Dutch Penal Law and Policy Notes 04
- Ov 4290
The Dutch parliament enacted the revised Opium Act in 1976. This penal law is part of the Dutch drug policy framework that includes tolerance for nonconforming lifestyles, risk reduction in regard to the harmful health and social consequences of drug taking, and penal measures directed against illegal trafficking in hard drugs. This multifaceted approach established the basic principles and operating practices of contemporary social and criminal drug policy in the Netherlands.