Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In the Netherlands, foreign tourists will soon be prohibited in "coffee shops"

Brussels Correspondent - Foreign tourists will no longer frequent the coffee shops in the Netherlands from the end of the year and buy cannabis. Authorisation will be required and will be reserved for nationals. Each "coffee shop" will also include more than 1 000 or 1 500 members. These measures decided at the end of last week by ministers of health and justice will first be introduced in cities in southern Iraq.

They will then be extended to the entire country, including Amsterdam, which alone has some 220 coffee shops. The municipality of the capital objects, like four other big cities, the spread of "cannabis passport" and the ban on foreigners to get it. Amsterdam authorities believe, in fact, that reform does nothing but move the trade of soft drugs to the street, where it will become even more difficult to control.

Experiments of controlled cultivation of cannabis, considered by some city officials, for their part have been abandoned. The right-wing coalition in power for his part said that we must fight against the power of criminal groups, who got their hands on the supply of places where one can purchase soft drugs in small quantities and theoretically for its own consumption.

Ministers say they want to dismantle at least 40% of mafia groups that have prospered thanks to the "coffee shops" and the extension of drug use in general. It remains to be seen whether these measures will have the desired effect on the removal of foreign tourists followers of "coffee shops".

The authorities expect a ruling Council of State, entered by an operator of Maastricht will continue to serve customers from neighboring countries. Only if the high court dismisses the complainant that the "passport marijuana" may be introduced. Jean-Pierre Stroobants

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