The coffeeshops in the city of Maastricht have closed down today, as they are only allowed to sell to Dutch nationals, who are willing to register themselves as coffeeshop member. The coffeeshop owners claim that they can not abide to the laws against discrimination, privacy, while also abide to the rules of the weed pass.
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The weed pass is meant to stop sales to foreigners and to limit sales to only 2000 customers per coffeeshops.
Instead of accepting customers, they are sending their customers to the police station to file charges against the municipality for discrimination. The Mayor of Maastricht is upset about the ordeal.
The coffeeshop owners state that no one wants to register to the national stoner registry, and therefore they can no longer sell cannabis. its unclear when the coffeeshops will open again.
Two coffeeshops have stayed open to receive a formal warning. The coffeeshop owners intend to cause a court case over the legality of the weed pass. One of these: Toermalijn in Tilburg, has been closed by the police for selling to tourists.
The Christian democrats see the weed pass as a first step to closing down all coffeeshops.
Dutch coffeeshops sell an estimated 2 billion in cannabis per year. Without coffeeshops, these cannabis sales will move from the coffeeshops to street dealers. Police in the Netherlands and Belgium fear the consequences.
Protests in the streets of Maastricht. Photo: WFA
Article Source: www.drugs-forum.com