02 May 2012

Weed pass

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If  you’re planning on going to Amsterdam and would like to pay one of the world famous coffee shops a visit you’re soon out of luck. The Dutch government have introduced a weed pass to prevent tourists from buying marijuana in coffee shops in the whole country.

The new law is designed to cut the numbers of drug tourists who, some residents had complained, were creating nuisances like traffic jams and an increase of hard drug dealers on the streets.

The change in the law is also designed to reduce cross-border crime caused by foreigners coming to the Netherlands to buy their drugs then returning to sell them illegally at home.

All Dutch Coffee shops will become members only clubs and will have a limited memberships, 2 000 Dutch citizens over the age of 18 per shop. The new law is already in place in the southern parts of the Netherlands and will spread to the rest of the country (including Amsterdam) next year.


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