Banned: Netherlands Coffee Shops Will No Longer Sell Marijuana to Tourists
May 28, 2011
Another thing I hate about right wing governments. The new conservative Dutch government Friday announced that by the end of the year, the country’s famed marijuana-dispensing coffee shops would start to close to tourists and be open only to Dutch citizens by the end of the year. In the past the Netherlands has somewhat catered to travelers looking for exotic fun, which has generated a significant amount of international tourism for the country. But marijuana is not actually legal, just simply a crime that was not actively enforced by the police. Backed by the far-right party of anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders’ coalition government, the new regulation will only allow Dutch citizens to enter the marijuana-dispensing coffee shops, and even they will face new restrictions. Dutch citizens will have to sign up for a year’s membership at a specific shop, which will only be allowed to have up to 1,500 members.