It's not like the situation in the Netherlands is all that great. Sure we can buy our marihuana at a local coffeeshop. But often I can't get my hands on my favorite hasjies because the grower has once again been rolled up by the police.
Besides it is still illegal buying, selling and carrying the stuff. You just won't be prosecuted, when as a seller you have less than 500 grams in your shop, and won't get prosecuted when as a user won't have more than 5 grams on your, and won't be prosecuted if you grow 5 plants for personal use.
But the shops, are not allowed to buy their inventaris, they can't import either. And large scale growing is illegal, even more so the part where they are illegally tapping into the electricity.
But when we'd make larger scale growing legal, or even marihuana legal, the rest of the world would be very not amused. Especcially with the open border policy in most of the EU countries. Though I think it would be a great opportunity for agricultural business. You can make some big bucks with growing. I know my parents have always been wondering where my best friend's familiy is getting their money from.
But the worst effects I know of with marihuana, are people failing a year of education, because they were just non-stop blowing instead of going to school, or becoming nicotine addicts. I do however know of loads of stories involving drinking with bad endings. And even when a friend of mine got schizophrenic, he got told that the only reason he had still been able to function kinda normal for the past couple of years, was because the large amounts of marihuana he used functioned as self-medication.
Even though it is widely known that marihuana gives an increased chance of developing schizophrenia when you are predisposed to do so, apparently it is also good to use when you already have it, eh? But stress is a large factor as well, and I think in the society we are currently living in, stress is more dangerous than marihuana is when it comes to developing any psychotic episodes.
The good part of it being legal is that I even wouldn't know where to go to if I wanted to get my hands on any other drugs, but I am not really in any of those scenes, so rather obvious I don't know where to get those. With the exception of those available at smartshops. Though chances are some of these will become illegal anytime soon, with all those stupid tourists going haywire on them. Oh so much fun to be a tourist, let's just drink, smoke some weed, and use magic mushrooms at the same time we are only here for one day so that ought to be fun, maybe we can jump off a building as well, than our spirits can wander around the Netherlands forever!