Netherlands Judge Backs Cannabis Cafe Ban For Foreign Tourists

Cannabis CafeVia BBC News:

A judge in the Netherlands has upheld a new law to ban foreign tourists from entering cannabis cafes.

While soft drugs are tolerated, there is growing concern at tourists visiting just for drugs, and foreign dealers selling illegally at home.

The ban is due to start in three southern provinces next month, and go nationwide by the end of the year.

A group of cafe owners argued at The Hague district court that the ban was discriminatory against foreigners. Under the new law, Dutch residents will still be allowed into the cafes, as long as they have valid identification, or possibly hold a new “weed pass”, which is also being debated. There are about 700 coffee shops, as they are called, in the Netherlands. The cultivation and sale of soft drugs through them is decriminalised, although not legal; police generally tolerate possession of up to five grams of cannabis.

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  • http://twitter.com/ShantaramMarley Shantaram Marley

    Goodbye Amsterdam, hello Copenhagen. 

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    I hear the weather is nicer in Portugal, anyway.

  • Jparo

    Good, I can save money by not wasting my time in the Netherlands, I can’t think of any other reason to go.

  • Rico Escobar

    I guess Amsterdam doesn’t enjoy tourism anymore.

  • Killingjoke36

    I’d rather blame the jackass tourists who go there, can’t control themselves and fucked it up for the rest of us. Oh, and I haven’t been to Amsterdam in 11 years, Too many of those stupid dopes just going to the place just to smoke their brains out. Pathethic.

    • Bungle

      yeah they want to smoke where there is no stigma about pot, and since their time is limited as a tourist they go over the top and binge. capitalism does not preach about self control until you run out of cash. politics contradicting politics while people are stuck in the middle like a ping pong ball. draconian laws always cause trouble and confusion but i think thats the whole point of these laws. to confused and depress people to the point of preoccupation so we do not think correctly and fail to resist in any effective logical way continuing the tradition of covert control over the masses. 

  • rus Archer

    you can get high anywhere

    amsterdam has tons of great art

    and the music notation = incorrect

  • Ganz14

    They’ll change their mind fairly quickly when their economy goes down the drain

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