Time Magazine named Amasteram Mayor Job Cohen as one of the
'European Heroes of 2005'.
From Saturday radio show "Tros Kamerbreed" on 12 Jan 2008:
Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen:
The Netherlands Must Spearhead an International Debate to Totally
...Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen (Workers Party/PvdA) went on about the
Dutch Tolerance Policy whereby so-called Coffee Shops are allowed
to sell small amounts of cannabis, but cultivation is illegal...
According to the Mayor, the current policy of tolerance doesn't
work. The Mayor finds that The Netherlands must spearhead an
International Debate supporting the standpoint that Cannabis must
be totally legalized. "America forbidding alcohol didn't help
either", added the Mayor.
Mayor Cohen goes on to criticize the political party CDA, presently
the largest party in The Netherlands and the party of Prime
Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende. The Mayor accuses the CDA of
behaving in the "Dutch East Indies Corporate Mentality", a phrase
referring to the World's First Corporation.
He also accuses CDA of failing to streamline overly-complex
processes which hinder progress. According to the Mayor, with
large projects such as Amsterdam's awesome new $2.6 Billion
North/South Subway Line, authorities report that there are far too
many departments, municipalities, and commissions, all of which
have approval authority.
The CDA doesn't do enough to streamline this. According to Mayor
Cohen, many things can can get done with fewer different
organizations. As an example, he points out that in Amsterdam,
fourteen government organizations deal with trash pickup.
[Another note about The Netherlands: All of the Police Unions
nationwide are now on strike, angry about the Government's
"oppressive" policies, with police only arresting the most
serious offenders, and only giving out warnings to minor
violators, much to the chagrin of the department of justice,
which just this week stated that the government wants a "less
soft" approach by police.]
[This is posted to "Drug Policy Forum of California" because when
a prominent politician calls for an International Debate to
Totally Legalize Cannabis, that affects "Drug Policy in
California"; NORML has nominated The Netherlands for a Nobel
Peace Prize; others have recently posted similar articles.]
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