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Incoming Dutch government ditches 'weed pass' plan

  1. Rob Cypher

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The incoming Dutch government has ditched plans for a national "weed pass" that would have been available only to residents and that would have effectively banned tourists from Amsterdam's marijuana cafes.

    However, under a provisional governing pact unveiled this week, cities can bar foreigners from weed shops if they choose.

    The pact says that it wants only Dutch residents to have access to marijuana cafes, but leaves enforcement up to cities. Amsterdam opposes a ban, which would hurt tourism.

    Some cafe owners said Tuesday that they are satisfied Dutch weed policy will remain unchanged, while others criticized the lack of clarity.

    Marijuana trafficking is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but people can't be prosecuted for possession of small amounts and the drug is sold openly in designated "coffee shops."



  1. nigh
    Neat. I was just reading about the proposal earlier today and wasn't aware that this happened. I was really wondering about the impact it'd have on Amsterdam's tourism and therefore income, so it's nice that the politicians came to their senses and didn't impose an all-out ban.
  2. Alfa
    Well, this is not really true. They have ditched the pass itself, not the legislation that bans tourists or needs customers to identify themselves, and proof their nationality. There is some room for cities to decide how they will enforce this legislation. That does not mean that they can allow tourists. At least not at this time.
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