Editor: Re: Faith Today, Nov. 22. It's interesting that you use The Netherlands as your example for what could go wrong if we relaxed our laws on cannabis since the Dutch have between one half and one quarter the usage rates as we do in Canada, depending on what drug we are talking about.
A quick check of Wikipedia found that the percentage of Cannabis users in Canada is 12.4 per cent and in the Netherlands the cannabis usage rate is 5.9 per cent.
I'm curious as to where you got your 45 per cent number; care to elaborate?
As for money laundering, the only reason there is any money to launder is because cannabis is worth so much due to the prohibition of it. If cannabis was as legal as tomatoes or potatoes it would be worth about as much since anyone who wanted some could grow their own or pop into the local liquor store and pick up an ounce for $10, the same way people now pick up an ounce of tobacco cigs, pre-rolled for $10.