Crush, you are totally correct. I don't believe getting 3 squares in a tropical setting is torture. Until you provide how it is, please don't jump to that conclusion. In the meantime, I expect you to be active on the al Q sites telling them their videotapes depict the torture of innocent victims like journalists, aid workers and mothers whose only crime was that they fell in love with a more capable man. In that case, you wouldn't have any time to post here as the beacon of truth on those sites would be an all consuming job.
Crush, let's face it, you argue nonsense from your heart. It's dark and missing something us Americans ain't gonna be able to give you. Presenting that America is beneath al Qaeda, with its institutions and honesty, by telling us how you distrust Bush or anyone else, just destroys your credibility. "lets consider" that there's nothing that can be done for you until you find a light in your life. Please don't expect us to clean up after you until then.
but as i want to point out once more: most dutch don�t even visit these stores and cafes! it is mainly foreigners from countries where these drugs are deemed illegal. meaning even though the dutch have the chance to use them, they chose on average not to do so. but they also do not run the risk of beeing criminalized if they chose to do so, as it would be the case in e.g. france or germany.
you tell me which one is the better policy. because no matter what you do, marihuana has been and will be used by a big group in the population. you have the choice to control the consumption by observance and strict quality controls, or you can forbid it, criminalize a sizable aprt of the population, and drive consumers towards the black market where they might be confronted with hard drugs, criminality, and quality concerns.
dutch law distinguishes very well between hard drugs and soft drugs. soft drugs are sold via special and strictly controlled stores and cafes. effectively they take the criminality from the streets and provide consumers with good quality with strictly controlled risks. what needs to be restricted and persecuted is the deliberate production and distribution of hard drugs, as well as access of minors to any drugs. that includes alcohol and tobacco.
yes, in the middle ages women also confessed to sorcery and withcraft if they spend long enough in prison... besides, it is a known fact that at least here in the south of holland drug trafficing is controlled by the turkish mob. you can debate about it as long as you want, but thats what is happening on the streets.