Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dutch National "Weed Pass" Dead

Phillip Smith
Stop The Drug War

There will be no national "weed pass" for marijuana consumers in the Netherlands. The Associated Press has reported that the new Dutch coalition government has agreed on a provisional governing pact that kills the "weed pass" plan proposed last year by the then-ruling conservatives, but gives cities the option of banning foreigners from the country's famous cannabis cafes.

Amsterdam's cannabis cafes will remain open to foreign visitors (wikimedia.org)With the "weed pass" proposal, foreigners were to have been banned from the cannabis cafes nationwide as of next year, and Dutch nationals would have been required to register with the state to obtain a permit (the "weed pass") to be able to purchase marijuana at the cafes. The plan had already gone into effect in some border cities.

It was touted as reducing "drug tourism" and associated nuisances in border towns. But since it was put in place in selected border towns, some cannabis cafes have closed in protest, while reports of increased street dealing have been on the increase.


Under the governing pact between left-leaning Labor and the conservative VVD, the government says it wants only Dutch citizens to have access to the cafes, but leaves enforcement up to the cities. The city of Amsterdam, among others, has already rejected the "weed pass" idea, saying it would hurt tourism.

Some cannabis café owners told the AP they are satisfied that the country's policy of pragmatic tolerance toward will remain intact, but others said the proposed deal lacked clarity.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

...anyone who has spent a weekend in Amsterdam knows the "weed pass" thing wasn't going to work...
Hell..most of the cafe's on Friday & Saturday night are filled with British soccer fans and drunks... along with the US Military folks who make their way up to The Dam...leave it all alone...it works fine for the Dutch...leave it all alone...

Regards,

RJ O'Guillory
Author-
Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

Anonymous said...

In the UK the government is about to ban synthetic cannabinoids because they are as 'harmful' as cannabis.

What a load of shit. Cannabis is a natural product whereas these synthetics are knocked up in a Chinese lab.

So, by banning a perfectly natural, non-toxic herb the government is forcing people who enjoy a puff to take risks with their health by smoking untested chemicals.

That just about sums up the stupidity of prohibition.

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