When it comes to the use of so-called soft drugs, including marijuana and hashish, the first European country to spring to mind is the Netherlands. Well known for its advanced stance towards technology, the high quality of its education system, and the considerably small size of its population – amounting to only 17 millions inhabitants – this charming country is also famous for its interesting soft drug policy. Young folks from other European countries – where the use of hashish or marijuana is most often illegal – take the opportunity to travel to the most beautiful Dutch cities to practice what has come to be known as drug tourism. Rather than visiting the gorgeous attractions this land has to offer, drug tourists spend their time smoking pot in its numerous coffee-shops. Although the common myth is it that the sale and use of hash and weed are completely legal in the Netherlands, it is more accurate to say that there is a specific toleration policy concerning their use as soft drugs. As the website of the Government of the Netherlands reads, selling these substances is in fact a criminal offence. However, this is not prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service.