History, Hookers & Hashish
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According to the EU Drug Market Report, produced by the EMCDDA, Holland is the number one producer, processor and transit point for drugs in Europe. Oh it’s lonely at the top! The drugs in Holland get imported from all over the globe and we return the favour with large exports. To give our readers an idea about Europe’s largest drug supplier we’ve listed 10 things about the Dutch drug trade.
Around 25 to 50 percent of European coke travels trough the port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport. The port handles around 11 million freight containers every year. Dutch port authorities only check around 5000 of them.
Drug smugglers in Holland have mostly ditched the old ways of hiding contraband in fluffed toys or fruit transports. Instead they have opted for enlisting corrupt port employees. Traffickers bribe port workers in both the exporting and importing ports to get the drugs into and out of Holland.
Thanks to the massive in-and outflows coke, by comparison to other European countries, is relatively cheap in Holland. Quality coke will set you back around 50 euros per gram compared to 120 euros in some European countries.
Around 8 percent of Dutch people have used MDMA once in their live (830,000 persons). The European average for MDMA use is just 0,5 percent.
According to the EMCDDA report the production of MDMA in Holland is becoming ever more professional. Some production locations use selfmade reaction vessels of up to 750 liters. Automation has reached a level where almost no manual labour is necessary.
Dutch MDMA is so good; we have to spread it all over the globe! According to Vice.com a quick glance at pillreports.net shows Dutch pill designs like the orange lion, Heineken and tulips can be found from India to Australia to Texas.
Old trading routes from North Africa and the Middle East still play a vital role for the hash trade in Holland. Most of the hash arrives trough Spain from Morocco. Morocco is the major supplier of Dutch hash. This has led to many Moroccan criminal gangs in Holland. All groups together are referred to as the “Mocro Maffia”.
A Dutch governmental report stated that between 30 and 90 percent of Dutch grown cannabis ends up abroad. Conclusion: they haven’t got a clue.
According to EMCDDA Holland has been responsible for many innovations in growing techniques and it’s accompanying equipment in the last twenty years. The Dutch also developed many strong cannabis variants.
Did you know that producing cannabis for commercial purposes is illegal here?
A lot of people still believe growing marijuana in Holland is legal. Well that’s sort of the case. Every person in Holland is allowed to have five cannabis plants for own use. Industrial production however is strictly forbidden. The Netherlands has soft drug laws – especially when you’d compare them with countries like the United States or Indonesia. Sentences range between a fine and a couple of years in prison if you get caught producing or trafficking drugs. Compare that to the death penalty in Indonesia!
Last fun fact: There are a few legal drug test labs in Holland, called GGD and Jellinek, where people can get their illegal drugs tested. These companies test the ingredients of illegal drugs (XTC, cocaine, MDMA, etc.) and it’s 100% legal. They share their knowledge about drugs and alcohol, its quality, effects and risks.