"Following the ambiguity regarding the legal status of cannabis use (Gelders and Vander Laenen 2007), the Communal Declaration chose to emphasise the actual intention of the Belgian drug policy. Rather than a tolerance policy, Belgium pursues a consequent dissuasion policy, in which the penalization of drugs shows the disapproval regarding the use of drugs."


Deprez, Nathalie, et al., "2011 National Report (2010 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point" (Brussels, Belgium: OD Public Health and Surveillance, Scientific Institute of Public Health, October 2011), WIV-ISP/EPI REPORTS N° 002, p. 28.