Amsterdam Disregards a Ban on Tourists

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Reefer Madness

Terrible news Disinfonaughts, despite all our campaigning, the evil herb will still be available in Amsterdam to anyone who wants to smoke it.

The BBC reports:

The mayor of Amsterdam says he will not ban foreign tourists from using the city’s famous cannabis cafes, after months of argument over new drug laws.

The move comes after the new government of the Netherlands said it would be up to local authorities whether or not to impose such a ban.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said banning the sale of the drug to foreigners could lead to more crime.

Each year, some 1.5 million tourists visit Amsterdam to consume cannabis.

“The 1.5 million tourists will not say ‘then no more marijuana’, they will swarm all over the city looking for drugs,” said Mayor Van der Laan, who has long opposed a ban.

“This would lead to more robberies, quarrels about fake drugs, and no control of the quality of drugs on the market – everything we have worked towards would be lost to misery.”

Amsterdam also relies heavily on tourism, and cannabis users make up about a third of its total visitors.

Full story here.

We must redouble our efforts. The evil potheads may have won this battle but the war on drugs continues!

Nick Margerrison

I write on Disinfo for fun, I've been a fan of the company for years.

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4 Comments on "Amsterdam Disregards a Ban on Tourists"

  1. DeepCough | Nov 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

    If there’s anything that deserved the axe, it was that stupid “Weed Pass” law.

  2. InfvoCuernos | Nov 3, 2012 at 2:01 am |

    Of course the mayor declined to ban tourists- why else go to Amsterdam besides the weed? The Ann Frank house?! That economy would collapse. I wish California would grow some balls and legalize weed like Amsterdam; I’d be driving around in a gold plated car with gold rims and even a full tank of gas all the time.

  3. DrDavidKelly | Nov 3, 2012 at 3:18 am |

    We have the reverse problem here in Australia. We need to decline selling alcohol to locals.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Nov 3, 2012 at 4:24 am |

    Uncle Homeland & the Queen have been giving the Dutch shit about this for years. It almost kept them out of the EU. I wondered how they were gonna deal with it. Looks like a Solomonic compromise to me.

    The Dutch are the kewlest in the EU, hands down.

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