After the elections Germany is, once again, discussing about legalizing cannabis. The chances are good that it will go through. From a criminological perspective: the right step. From a health policy point of view: a paradox. Let’s get it finally over with so that we can talk about the real problem of our drug policies.
The escalation of the Dutch drug conflict has triggered the discussion if the country has become a Narco State. Is neighbouring Germany running the danger of a similar fate? The answer is: yes, it is. But there are at least three lessons Germany can learn from the Netherlands to prevent this.
When the famous dutch journalist Peter de Vries was murdered in the Summer of 2021 by organized criminals many people started to ask themselves: what is going on in the Netherlands? Has the tolerant country in the center of Europe become the first European Narco State?