Is the Netherlands a Narco-State?

Photo Credit: Dennis Jarvis

By Yan Graf
Staff Writer

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s declaration of the “War on Drugs.” Since then, the United States has spent trillions of dollars fighting drug production and international distribution. Whether hunting down kingpins, destroying drug fields, or training foreign governments in drug eradication tactics, U.S. Government and pop culture attention has been predominantly focused on drug trafficking as it relates to impoverished Latin American countries like Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. Despite this imbalance, the winds of the global drug trade are shifting, and new countries have blossomed into centers of drug production and trafficking. The drug trade in Europe is increasingly centered around one country that many are calling the world’s newest “narco-state”: the Netherlands.

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