Dutch lead the west in online drugs sales: report

Websites based in the Netherlands specialize in ecstasy-related drugs, while cannabis accounts for just 9% of online sales
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Monday, August 15, 2016

ecstasy4The online sale of illegal drugs is higher per head of the Dutch population than in any other major western country, according to a new report commissioned by the justice ministry. An analysis by independent research group Rand looked at 50 encrypted webshops to estimate the size of the online markets. The online market is still relatively small, the researchers say. Dark web sites in the Netherlands account for $13m a year. By contrast Dutch cannabis cafes, where small amounts of marijuana are sold under licence, are estimated to sell drugs worth €1bn a year. (See also: UK is biggest online drug dealing country in Europe)