Dutch pot policy to take new hit

2010-11-18 22:28

Amsterdam - The new conservative Dutch government plans to force the country's marijuana cafés to become "members only" clubs - a move that would effectively block foreigners from buying weed.

While marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, it is sold openly in designated cafés, and police make no arrests for possession of small amounts.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten says in the future only Dutch residents would be allowed to purchase cannabis.

Shop owners say the idea is unworkable. The city of Amsterdam, which potentially stands to lose a major tourist attraction, say it is considering its response.

A spokesperson for Opstelten said on Thursday details of the plan are uncertain, and the minister will make a formal proposal sometime next year.

  • shmangle - 2010-11-19 07:30

    Fcuking conservatives, always screwing it up for everybody else.

  • jackinthejhb - 2010-11-19 08:57

    Say "NO" to ridiculous infringement of personal expression and unfavorable acts against individual freedom!! My opinion is my own, why do they want us to live under their opinion!?

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2010-11-19 12:12

    yeah, as much as this notion appears to infringe on personal expression and individual freedom, i get the feeling that the reason behind this move is because of the sheer arrogance of tourists in amsterdam. i've myself witnessed what happens when american tourists totally overdo it. also think the reason why the dutch outlawed the selling of mushrooms has more to do with the large number of tourists that ended up in the emergency rooms late at night because they didn't realise how potent the effect of those can be - so you end up with a constant nuisance and the only way to stop it, is either to stop selling completely, or to stop selling to the idiotic tourists that end up making a mess over and over and over...

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