Monday, December 08, 2008

Legal Pot, Legal Hookers--And Still Crime?

How can this be?

Amsterdam unveiled plans Saturday to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven.

The city is targeting businesses that “generate criminality,” including gambling parlors, and the so-called “coffee shops” where marijuana is sold openly. Also targeted are peep shows, massage parlors and souvenir shops used by drug dealers for money-laundering.

“I think that the new reality will be more in line with our image as a tolerant and crazy place, rather than a free zone for criminals” said Lodewijk Asscher, a city council member and one of the main proponents of the plan

How can this be? All the Libertarians tell us that once pot and hooking is legal, then there will be no criminals involved, and all will be irenic, quiet, and wonderful! Now we're told that there is "organized crime," and that these 'attractions' "generate criminality"?

Could the Libertarians be wrong?

HT: Owen

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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