The youth wing of Dutch centrist political party D66, the Young Democrats have announced what is in their words, the “world’s first ecstasy-shop”, to be located in Amsterdam on Monday, 18 May.
The detail-scarce pop up event’s primary objective is to raise public awareness surrounding issues of MDMA legalisation throughout the Netherlands. “We can prevent minors from buying, make sure there are no overdoses with pills, and educate people on ways to minimise the risks involved with ecstasy-usage,” the organization announced.
The group has prominently referenced the three drug-related deaths which occurred at the 2014 edition of Amsterdam Dance Event, going on to voice concern about the general volatility in safety and quality of street drugs. “The current Dutch drug policy makes use a dangerous situation,” writes D66, with the result that, “fatal accidents occur every year“.
The Young Democrats have since launched a citizen’s initiative dubbed MDMJA (combining MDMA with the Dutch affirmative), hoping to raise the 40K signatures needed in order for the Dutch parliament to address the issue.
As of yet, the youth wing has been unable to convince its mother party on the necessity of the legalisation, which remains focused on the full legalisation of marijuana production (the production, sale and use of ecstasy remains illegal in the Netherlands). A recent study has shown that over half a million Dutch inhabitants have tried ecstasy at least once in their life.
The pop up shop will be located at 10 Rosmarijnsteeg in Amsterdam’s city centre. The official opening ceremony will be held on Monday, May 18th between 11:00 and 11:30. The organisation is adamant in assuring the city that the event will operate within 100% legal realms (which includes the distribution of only placebos), with awareness being its primary objective.