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Wilders' party calls for tax on marijuana

Monday 31 October 2011

Geert Wilder's populist PVV party is calling on the government to introduce a tax on soft drugs, the AD reports on Monday.

PVV MP Roland van Vliet called on junior tax minister Frans Weekers to be 'creative' in levying a tax on marijuana. With the government having to cut spending in so many areas, it is right that smokers make a contribution, Van Vliet said.

Marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands but police turn a blind eye to small amounts for personal use.

Weekers told the AD that European court rulings show countries cannot levy tax on banned substances.

However, the owners of 'coffee shops', the cafes where marijuana is freely sold, already pay tax on their turnover, including the revenue generated by soft drug sales.

: during Monday's parliamentary debate on the government's plans to amend tax regulations, Van Vliet said he would not pursue his demand and had no plans to say any more about the issue.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

If its not legal how can they tax it?

By Jason | 31 October 2011 8:57 AM

The blind eye policy has many limits, this of taxation is just one.
Legalise both selling and producing those soft drugs on which the blind eye policy is applied... and then tax all those activities... just like tobacco and normal cigarettes are taxed.

By FG | 31 October 2011 9:53 AM

They can tax it uder Dutch law but the EU has already ruled against this so a "no go"

By denhaag | 31 October 2011 10:04 AM

Simple solution is to legalise it, then tax it.

By H. | 31 October 2011 11:47 AM

What about a tax on secret funding (as Wilder's party has)?
What about an extra tax on drugs market competitors of marijuana, as tobacco or strong alcohol?
Who are funding Wilder's party? Nobody knows. But everybody knows that who provides funds is who commands, in all business.

By zenplus | 31 October 2011 12:24 PM

Exactly! It would have to be made legal. Why should anyone agree to be taxed for something illegal?

By AW | 31 October 2011 12:47 PM

WOW, this is just as transparent as their self employment for double salary!

So Wilders & Co. are blatantly admitting that soft drugs are not dangerous, just about money control & not health! To think they would stoop so low as to steal even more money with an extra tax!!?? Such an action will create more house/street sales. I hope the whole lot goes underground as it was before!

Try generating more tax on Sundays instead, that would make more sense, idiots!

By The visitor | 31 October 2011 1:26 PM

Jason: by breaking their own laws & cheating?

By The visitor | 31 October 2011 2:50 PM

I don't mind paying a little tax, so long as it is reasonable... perhaps they could spend the money on building more public toilets in Amsterdam so we don't have to watch where we tread?

By harlow | 31 October 2011 3:43 PM

Actually, illegal income is taxable in the United States (I don't know about other countries). You cannot collect VAT or sales tax on illegal goods, but everyone is required to pay income tax on their personal gain, regardless of source.

Failure to pay income tax was, famously, the crime for which the US government convicted notorious organized-crime figure Al Capone. He was never convicted of an ordinary crime, but lived a luxurious lifestyle on an obviously large hidden income without paying any income tax. Since then, major criminals are known to go to lengths to make their incomes seem legitimate in order to pay taxes openly.

By Kevin T. Keith | 31 October 2011 4:13 PM

Wouldn't the government (and Dutch society in general) be guilty then of living off immoral and illegal earnings? Now I have heard everything!

By Steve | 31 October 2011 5:52 PM

@ zenplus: good point, who is funding Wilders? We know that the aid comes from outside NL, right? We know that he spends a small fortune on security. My guess would be America, considering his travels, speeches & connections: or Anglo-American Alliance , who knows for sure?
The drugs market has been secretly going strong for years, thanks to unofficial payoffs to unsavory politicians. New drugs are still tested on remote 3rd world villages.

By The visitor | 1 November 2011 7:13 PM

It's irrelevant who funds the PVV. What matters is the people who vote for the PVV.

By BrianVanR | 1 November 2011 9:39 PM

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