Families of drug addicts are those who can reveal the disastrous effects of drugs upon their loved ones. The destruction of hard drugs, such as cocaine and heroin is an issue of concern to society and governments throughout the world. Even though marijuana and hashish are classified as soft drugs, its severe destruction and addiction now challenges and questions if they are truly soft drugs. The escalated trend in this illicit business and usage have led to the increase of crime and other social cankers.

Like a fight against terrorism, to ensure that everyone is safe from unexpected attacks by extreme and violent Muslim radicals, the same way worldwide, governments are fighting against drug abuse to ensure good health for its citizens.  The drug menace, destruction and its drastic effect on people have dented and inflated the medical cost of many countries which citizens have been plagued by illegal usage of harmful drugs. To counter attack these drug problems some countries such as Indonesia, punishment to drug couriers is death penalty.

Surprisingly hashish and marijuana, which is an offence to be in one’s possession or to smoke in many countries, including United States of America and United Kingdom, are considered as soft drugs in Holland, in the name of tolerance, therefore giving rise to free smoking throughout the country with impunity. Mass movement of tourists, from other parts of the world, who could face the law in their countries of origin when caught with drugs, come to Holland to smoke, especially in Amsterdam, because the Dutch government allows coffee-shops in Holland to sell them, making Amsterdam Indian Hemp and Hashish smokers paradise in Western Europe.

The drug menace in Amsterdam is an eyesore. Constant using of drugs have transformed able-bodied men into some fearful creatures, like actors ready to act horror movies. The authorities pretend they don’t know the effect of drug on the users, because it boosts the tourism industry. They quickly take away any person hooked on drugs and considered a threat to the public from public view, but the disastrous effect of drugs have inflated the medical cost in the country, leading to monthly payment between 120 and 140 Euros, while neighbouring Belgium, where smoking of cannabis and other drugs aren’t encouraged, individually pay between 75 and 90 Euros per year.

On one the writing platforms, an American called Robert Wendell, read one of my articles on hashish and marijuana sales in Amsterdam. He questioned “I wonder where you get the following idea, quoting from your article: Even though marijuana and hashish are classified as soft drugs, its severe destruction and addiction now challenges and questions if they are truly soft drugs. No other comment here has taken issue with this statement, but I wonder where you got that, the FBI? Why is either marijuana or hashish (merely the concentrated resin of marijuana, which is the part responsible for the “high”) either severely destructive or addictive?”

I posted my answer “Hello Mr. Wendell, I have really enjoyed reading your article on this drugs subject. You asked a question where I had this information from. You are right to ask, because in your opinion marijuana and hashish aren’t soft drugs. In the Netherlands (Holland) marijuana and hashish are considered as soft drug that is the reason the two drugs are sold to customers in coffee- shops with impunity. Then Mr. Wendell writes.

“Thank you, Joel. I was not aware of the situation in the Netherlands other than it marijuana and hashish are legal and there is tourism base on that, although I didn’t understand to what extent apparently. I do know that these drugs are not physically addictive, and in moderation I know of people who do not find them even psychologically addictive. I do feel, however, that even in moderation they do subtle things to mental function that I don’t want any part of and therefore would not personally recommend them to anyone.”

He went on, “At this point I have to wonder which is the greater evil, the sociopaths that cartels harbor, because of the black market we create or the results of using the stuff? I also wonder whether the Netherlands represent an unusual situation simply because it is a kind of drug oasis that concentrates the problems in ways that fail to represent the reality of a more generally tolerant situation. I don’t pretend to have an answer to these questions. I just have the questions.”

For a very long time African head of states do not trust the European Media. One of such presidents is Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who doesn’t want to see any foreign journalist in his country. He has a reason. European journalist goes to Africa and writes anything he likes about the country he or she visited. At the end of the year, he receives an award ‘Best journalist of the year for investigative journalism in Africa’, but when a black journalist in Europe, writes an article about mishandling, human rights abuses and other things going on in other places such as Holland, the only award he gets is being called a lunatic. Is that fairness?

In The Hague is the International Court of Justice, set by the United Nations, putting people who have committed crime against mankind under trial, but there is constant abuse of human rights in Holland than any country in Europe. I applied for a job online. I was told after the work, there is going to be selection to find the right people to work at the cafeteria serving workers of ING bank. I worked four days making 18 hours. I wasn’t selected. I agreed but they failed to pay me the 18 hours job I did, because the manager said I wasn’t selected. Who would be happy to be treated like this?

It’s very sad to be a victim to such white-collar frauds after hard work. Many foreigners have experienced such gross abuses of human rights but have no means to share their stories. If there is police, law and lawyers, in every part of the world, then true justice must be shown to everyone, whether Chinese, Japanese, black or white. They should set a good example for people to have confidence in them.

Amsterdam: Cannabis sold in Coffee-Shops promotes the tourism industry

Photo credit: Joel Savage

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