HowTheWorldWorks – the facts on Dutch (drug) tourism

Ventures Into Scepticism

Real Sceptic has its origins as a companion site for the videos produced by Collin Maessen. The site has progressed beyond this original purpose and now predominantly includes articles that are independent of the content released on YouTube. However this original content is still an important part of the site.

This page serves as an archive for videos produced and released on YouTube. You can find full transcripts, source listing and used media files for the videos. We are currently in the process of transcribing all the audio.

Please note that the first nine videos are of a substantial lower quality than videos that were produced after these. As these first nine videos were as much, and in some case more, about learning to edit videos and learning how to tell a story in sound and images.

Video description

Lee Doren who runs the YouTube channel HowTheWorldWorks said in his video The Nashville Flood Happened that passing a law that prevents foreign tourist buying soft drugs would destroy the Dutch tourist industry:

He got the information on the current proposal for this law and the current lawsuits surrounding this issue from the following article:,1518,693161,00.html

The current push for making the sale of soft drugs to foreigners illegal has to do with some severe issues we have around our borders with drugs runners. These drugs runners actually drive foreign tourists of the road to ask them if they want to buy drugs, and endanger everyone on the road when they are fleeing from the police. A lot of accidents have already happened, and some pursuits have ended with police firing guns in self defence.

Also the Dutch tourist industry isn't solely dependant on drug tourism. Drug tourism is just a 140 million industry on a total income of over 9 billion. Most people come here to relax, enjoy our culture, our landscape and take a look at all the historic landmarks.

So tourism wouldn't collapse if drug tourism would be banned, far from it.


First with lighter news, it's actually international news, it looks like the Dutch government is thinking of banning marijuana, get this, for tourists.

Now I don't smoke marijuana, but isn't that really the only reason why anyone would wanna go to Holland is because they wanna smoke marijuana legally?

The're going to destroy the entire tourist industry in Holland.

Drug Tourism Industry: 140 million

Most of them visit only for a day.

Tourism is a 9 billion Euro industry

Tourists visit our country for our history, culture, art, festivals and to see our national parks.

To name just a few reasons.

Our tourism industry wouldn't be ruined if this law would be passed.

There is a reason for this law.

Drugsrunners smuggle drugs.

Which they bought in our country.

When discovered they flee from the police.

Endangering other motorists.

Several severe accidents have happend due to this.

Some of them even try to drive over police officers or shoot at them.

They also drive foreigners of the road, then try to sell them drugs.

Residents are fed up with this. That's the reason for this law.

There just have been to many close calls.


  1. European Court Weighs Dutch Cannabis Ban for Foreigners
  2. Toerisme en recreatie in cijfers 2009

Media resources

  1. The Nashville Flood Happened
  2. Coffeeshop video clips from AdventuresInEurope:
  3. Video clips of Amsterdam from Watch Mojo:
  4. Police footage from the Dutch tv show Wegmisbruikers (page no longer available, new page can be found here)
  5. Music by mindthings - Human Feelings

Ventures Into Scepticism