Dutch among lowest cannabis users in Europe

The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction has just released the results of its annual report and has found the Dutch among the lowest users of marijuana or cannabis in Europe despite the Netherlands' well-known tolerance policy of soft drugs.

The report, which was publicised by Reuters, found that only 5.4 percent of adults in the Netherlands use cannabis or marijuana compared to the European average of 6.8 percent.


Countries with the lowest usage rates, according to the EU Lisbon-based agency, were Romania, Malta, Greece and Bulgaria.

It is quite an interesting fact that the Dutch are among the lowest users of cannabis when the country's policy has been attacked in the past and attempts to legalise the drug in other countries are frequently met with heavy criticism. The liberal policy allows for the sale of marijuana at "coffee shops," which the Dutch have allowed to operate for decades, and possession of less than 5 grams (0.18 oz).
You can read the full report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction on the Reuters website.