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by Peter Moskos

April 20, 2008

These drug dealers aren't so bad

In the Netherlands, you can walk into any "coffee shop" and legally buy or smoke marijuana or hashish. It's a sight so common, you barely notice it. So here, in a "bad" part of town, are the drug dealers. They don't shoot each other. They pay taxes--albeit not on the sale, which is technically only "decriminalized," but they do pay income taxes based on the sales. It's hard to understand how people can think that regulated drug selling is worse than unregulated drug sellers.

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