Dutch Government Pushes Tourist Ban In Cannabis Coffeeshops

If you’d like to experience Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops, I suggest booking your flight soon. From Reuters:

The Dutch government said on Wednesday it wanted to ban tourists from buying cannabis in “coffee shops,” where hash is on sale legally, as part of a national crackdown on drug use.

The government, which took office last month, has agreed to limit the sale of cannabis to Dutch residents to curb crime linked to its production and trading.

The Netherlands has one of Europe’s most liberal soft drug policies and its coffee shops are a popular tourist attraction, especially in Amsterdam and border cities near Belgium and Germany.

But some cities near the border with Belgium have clamped down on drug tourism, and the Dutch minister for security and justice confirmed Wednesday a wider crackdown after coalition parties agreed to push for a ban in September.

[Continues at Reuters]

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  • Rufus

    Dont worry. As soon as they see how this negatively affects tourism they will reverse it. I have been to Amsterdam several times but the first time I went was because I was picturing Amsterdam of the Movies with drugs and prostitution. The reality of Amsterdam is much different. Amazing architecture, cutting edge design, beautiful people, amazing food, and tons of history are what you will find if you travel there. I have visited many of the coffee shops ( I am fond of Bulldog’s) and it would really be a downer if they stopped letting tourists partake. Getting good and stoned and wandering through the Van Gogh museum is one of my fondest memories of Europe.

  • Rufus

    Dont worry. As soon as they see how this negatively affects tourism they will reverse it. I have been to Amsterdam several times but the first time I went was because I was picturing Amsterdam of the Movies with drugs and prostitution. The reality of Amsterdam is much different. Amazing architecture, cutting edge design, beautiful people, amazing food, and tons of history are what you will find if you travel there. I have visited many of the coffee shops ( I am fond of Bulldog’s) and it would really be a downer if they stopped letting tourists partake. Getting good and stoned and wandering through the Van Gogh museum is one of my fondest memories of Europe.

    • DeepCough

      Well, this crackdown is come mostly due to international pressure (remember, there is a U.N. convention that makes the Controlled Substances Act essentially a global decree). And indeed, I agree that this new policy will implode on itself when coffee shops start to go out of business.

  • DeepCough

    Well, this crackdown is come mostly due to international pressure (remember, there is a U.N. convention that makes the Controlled Substances Act essentially a global decree). And indeed, I agree that this new policy will implode on itself when coffee shops start to go out of business.

  • Hadrian999

    it’s funny how quickly the conservative love affair with free trade, unfettered capitalism,
    and less government interference evaporates soon as pot makes an appearence

    • Ran

      Well, pot distracts from business and productivity… and the right is, if nothing else, productive. Except when they’d rather be chasing a fucking white ball around hundreds of acres of good land wasted on a stupid “sport,” several times a week for hours.

  • Hadrian999

    it’s funny how quickly the conservative love affair with free trade, unfettered capitalism,
    and less government interference evaporates soon as pot makes an appearence

  • De Tevreden Roker

    From article: …where hash is on sale legally…

    Not true. It’s still illegal, and it always has been for the past half century. The government policy is not to enforce the law for small quantities.

    DeepCough: …this crackdown is come mostly due to international pressure…

    Not true. Portugal has gone much further than the Netherlands to decriminalise drugs and is receiving little or no international pressure for doing so.

    This is purely the result of an internal cultural war, in which the newly elected government (the most right-wing government since WWII) feels the need to stamp out anything that could remotely be associated with the left and the counter-culture of the 1960s. It’s pure symbolism. Part of the proposed measure will require customers to swipe a membership card for every purchase, conveniently registering every cannabis smoker in a national database.

    Greetings from Amsterdam.

    P.S. if you make it here before the ban, there are much better coffee shops than the Bulldog.

    • Marc

      Thanks for that post… this is exactly what I was thinking reading this article… especially the “legal” stuff… one would think reuters knows better!

  • De Tevreden Roker

    From article: …where hash is on sale legally…

    Not true. It’s still illegal, and it always has been for the past half century. The government policy is not to enforce the law for small quantities.

    DeepCough: …this crackdown is come mostly due to international pressure…

    Not true. Portugal has gone much further than the Netherlands to decriminalise drugs and is receiving little or no international pressure for doing so.

    This is purely the result of an internal cultural war, in which the newly elected government (the most right-wing government since WWII) feels the need to stamp out anything that could remotely be associated with the left and the counter-culture of the 1960s. It’s pure symbolism. Part of the proposed measure will require customers to swipe a membership card for every purchase, conveniently registering every cannabis smoker in a national database.

    Greetings from Amsterdam.

    P.S. if you make it here before the ban, there are much better coffee shops than the Bulldog.

  • Ran

    My God, the right fucking disgusts me.

  • Ran

    My God, the right fucking disgusts me.

  • Ran

    Well, pot distracts from business and productivity… and the right is, if nothing else, productive. Except when they’d rather be chasing a fucking white ball around hundreds of acres of good land wasted on a stupid “sport,” several times a week for hours.

  • Struanr

    Morons. So, it’s ok to exploit women and allow sex tourism, but if someone wants a little smoke, it’s banned. Fuck Holland. I can get perfectly good stuff over here in the UK anyway – who the hell needs to go to A’Dam anyway? It’s a shithole, except for the cafes. Don’t bother.

  • Struanr

    Morons. So, it’s ok to exploit women and allow sex tourism, but if someone wants a little smoke, it’s banned. Fuck Holland. I can get perfectly good stuff over here in the UK anyway – who the hell needs to go to A’Dam anyway? It’s a shithole, except for the cafes. Don’t bother.

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    Oh shit, I heart The Bulldog.

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    Oh shit, I heart The Bulldog.

  • Marc

    Thanks for that post… this is exactly what I was thinking reading this article… especially the “legal” stuff… one would think reuters knows better!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    There goes the main good reason for going to Amsterdam. Besides, we need something to distract us while being in a place so far below sea level….

    Blub, blub, blub!! Is that the bong gurgling -or did the dyke just fail?

  • Anonymous

    There goes the main good reason for going to Amsterdam. Besides, we need something to distract us while being in a place so far below sea level….

    Blub, blub, blub!! Is that the bong gurgling -or did the dyke just fail?

  • Anonymous

    There goes the main good reason for going to Amsterdam. Besides, we need something to distract us while being in a place so far below sea level….

    Blub, blub, blub!! Is that the bong gurgling -or did the dyke just fail?

  • Gary

    If this passes there should be an international boycott of Holland

  • Gary

    If this passes there should be an international boycott of Holland

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