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, 19 May.
The detail-scarce pop up event’s primary objective is to raise public awareness to 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 as to the general volatility in safety and quality of street drugs. “The current Dutch drug policy makes use a dangerous situation,” writes D66, continuing with, “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.