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Dutch cannabis usage below EU average

Thursday 05 November 2009

Just 5.4% of the Dutch use marijuana or cannabis at least once a year, compared with 7% of Europeans as a whole, according to new EU research.

Italians are the biggest users of marijuana - 14.6% of Italians aged 15 to 64 took the drug in the year before the survey was carried out, the report by the EU's drug monitoring agency showed.

The Netherlands also has one of the lowest drug-related death rates in the EU - just eight per million, compared with almost 50 per million in the UK, the survey showed.

A spokesman for the drug addiction institute Trimbos told the Volkskrant the results of the survey show the Dutch policy of turning a blind eye to small scale soft drug usage had paid off.

Cocaine is the second most popular drug in Europe, apart from in the Netherlands where ecstasy is in second place.

However, the agency says the Netherlands is still one of the biggest producers of both ecstasy and amphetamines in Europe.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Well I guess this pretty much proves the point... if it's legal, it's less interesting!

By patriot in exile | 5 November 2009 10:21 AM

... or this, as well as many ther surveys about the Netherlands, are pointless.
Ask how many not-Dutch went to Amsterdam last year for a tour of the coffee shops.
Maybe they to smoke it, wise of them, but the made quite a bussines out of it.
Let's name an other country that made of drugs a pillar of its economy.

By M | 5 November 2009 2:34 PM

That's not the point M....EVERY country makes a huge amount of money on legal drugs far worse to your health than cannabis...called alcohol and tobacco.

By JK | 5 November 2009 4:02 PM

M what the hell are you on about, how is it drugs, it is 1 drug not a multitude of drugs, do you even know anything about cannabis

By !!! | 5 November 2009 4:29 PM

@M: Someone with a grudge against the Dutch?

Judging by your poor English I can understand how you can misunderstand this survey. The survey focuses on residents and citizens, not tourists.

Of course the numbers would be different if you counted the tourists, but then it wouldn't correctly represent the residents and citizens of the country.

By xen | 6 November 2009 7:19 AM

As far as I know, the UK is the biggest user of cannabis, not Italy.

By stevie | 6 November 2009 11:48 AM

yes last year it was 16.4% of brits aged 14-39 i think so its not the same statistic

By MD | 9 November 2009 7:20 AM

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