Sources: 1/2/3: Dutch Governmental Paper on
2: (number of alcoholics): Trimbosinstitute,
Mensink & Spruit, 1998.
4: Personal information from high officials
of Justice Department and Police.
The Netherlands Drug Policy Foundation ("Stichting
Drugsbeleid"SDB) was founded in 1996. It strives for
a drug policy with less health risks and less crime.
In 1996 the SDB published a report, titled "Drug
Control through Legalisation". It broke through the existing
taboo on legalising drugs in the public debate, putting forward
a concrete plan.
In 1998 we published a plan to regulate the
growing of cannabis to be sold in the "coffeeshops",
and organised a lobby of city majors urging the government to
allow such regulatory measures. It resulted in a majority motion
in Parliament, and the promise by the government to stimulate
an international debate on cannabis.
R Dufourpresident, director private company
Marijke AS Van Sprang-Kamstrasecretary,
member city-council Lelystad for Democrats 66
R van Diessenalderman Tilburg for Liberal
JWE Guttelingalderman Apeldoorn for Socialist
J van Leijenhorstformer alderman, member
city-council Utrecht for Green-Left Party Groen Links
F Polakpsychiatrist Amsterdam
J Schijfformer alderman Heerhugowaard
for Liberal Party VVD
JG van der Tasformer ambassador in Germany
Hedy d'Anconaformer Minister of Public
Health, former member of the European Parliament
ThMG van Berkestijnformer Secretary General
of the Royal Dutch Medical Association
A van Dantzigpsychiatrist
H Drionformer vice-president High Court
JF Glastra van Loonformer Under-Minister
R van der HoevenPublic Prosecutor
M Lapadvisor drug-policy
JCM Leijtenformer Public Prosecutor at
the High Court of Justice
T ReitsmaSuperintendent of Police