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At the crime scene of an illegal marijuana plantation, employees of a waste disposal company cut the plants and collect them in piles.

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A policeman battering the door to a warehouse where they believe there is a plantation. This is a police raid in Delft, about 60 kilometers south of Amsterdam. Four suspicious building were searched. illegal marijuana plantations were encountered. In the Netherlands, there are estimated to be 30,000 illegal cannabis plantations, only about 10% are found by the police.

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Detail of a female cannabis plants. Only female plants contain THC.

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John Jespers, national narcotics commissioner of the Dutch police, examining a plantation. In this building about 600 plants were found.

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An employee of a waste disposal company shredding the plants in the so called "Canna cracker” (a cannabis disposal machine).

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Cannabis "Bevrijdingsdag" (Cannabis Freedom day) in Amsterdam Wester Park. There were speeches, prizes for the best cannabis of the year and many more events. The event is organised annually by the "VOC - Verbond voor Opheffing van het Cannabisverbod" - Alliance for Lifting the Cannabis Prohibition.

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Man smoking from a bong at Cannabis "Bevrijdingsdag" (Cannabis Freedom day) in Amsterdam Wester Park.

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A band at Cannabis "Bevrijdingsdag" (Cannabis Freedom day) in Amsterdam Wester Park.

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Cannabis seeds being given out at the stage during Cannabis Freedom Day in Wester Park, Amsterdam

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Portrait of Henry Dekker. owner of 5 coffeeshops and a marijuana test laboratory in Amsterdam. For decades he has been engaged in the marijuana business and employs over 40 people.

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Cat watching over a bong in the coffeeshop "420 Cafe" in the center of Amsterdam. The owner is Michael Veiling, spokesman for the Dutch coffeeshop association.

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Tourists high in the coffeeshop "420 Cafe" which is in the center of Amsterdam. A coffeeshop can have a maximum of 500 grams of marijuana at any given moment.

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At the register of the coffeeshop "420 Cafe" in the center of Amsterdam.

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Tourists high in the coffeeshop "420 Cafe" which is in the center of Amsterdam.

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