Some of the municipalities in the Netherlands introduce their own additional regulations regarding specific issues related to law enforcement, prosecution and use of the soft drugs.
In the spirit of pragmatism, minor offences as a small violation of the admitted quantities, are usually not prosecuted, since the prosecution and imprisonment is seen by the authorities as expensive and linked to several other negative social effects which outweigh the positive.
The Dutch do not see their tolerant policy towards limited soft drug use as some miraculous solution.
Dutch drug policy is directed by an idea that every human being may decide about the matters of its own health.They also point to the fact that prohibition of alcohol in the US in the years 1919-1933 brought more negative effects of increased criminality, than the positive social changes and had to be withdrawn.The Dutch have divided drugs into two groups, depending on their influence on human health – soft drugs and hard drugs.Hundreds of people demonstrated in Amsterdam against the ban, before it had been introduced.Today, the hallucinogenic mushrooms are forbidden in the Netherlands, along with the hard drugs.
Another idea which guides Dutch laws in their drug policy is a conviction that hiding social negative phenomena does not make them to disappear - on the contrary makes them worse, because when concealed, they become far more difficult to influence and control.