"Kids on the street think that it [cannabis] is not even illegal... The real drugs policy we've seen in Sweden and other countries, like Holland. They make it illegal—yes, it is—and they have penalties and they are imposed—yes, they are."
Erm, cannabis is illegal in Holland? Really?
The Englishman points me to Wikipedia's entry on the Netherlands' drugs policy and, fuck me, but it's a mess. The law should always be clear: either something is illegal or it is not; otherwise, it makes it very difficult for people to know whether they are breaking the law or not.
The Dutch attitude is apparently this.
The Dutch drug policy is based on the general principle of self-determination in matters of the body. Specifically, that it is not illegal to hurt yourself; however, you remain liable for the consequences of your actions. Because of this, users are not prosecuted for possession of small quantities of soft drugs ("for personal use").
But this is, in itself, insane. If you believe in self-determination of the body then why limit the amount of drugs that people are allowed to carry? We not let people deal drugs to those who want them (as long as they are not forcing those drugs on people)?
It's a mess, frankly.