Dutch Government Considers Banning Cannabis Sale To Tourists

September 10, 2009

Netherlands (ChattahBox) – The Dutch government has been discussing the banning of tourists from ‘coffee shops’, where the region is well known for selling drugs such as cannabis to locals and visitors.

The measure, which was brought up in a leaked letter, is to eliminate what they have called a ‘nuisance’ from tourists coming to the region to take advantage of it’s tolerant drug policy.

The Ban vs Legalize debate has raged for decades in the Netherlands, with ministers on all sides unable to agree on a solution. Currently, coffee shops are allowed to stock 500 grams of cannabis to be sold in small amounts for personal use.

However, the use of drug runners for alternative supplies, and the border areas being used as safety havens for those looking to buy harder drugs, have caused the government to rethink their policy.

The new measures would require a ‘members-only’ policy to take effect, where small amounts could only be sold to locals and those who have Dutch bank cards.

It would also require that shop owners keep less cannabis, and sell less, within their fronts.

This is sure to cause quite a bit of controversy, as the effect on commerce becomes more apparent. In the meantime, the Labor ministers have continued to battle the Christian Conservative groups (such as the ChristenUnie) on matters of full legalization of soft drug stocks.



2 Responses to “Dutch Government Considers Banning Cannabis Sale To Tourists”

  1. Tony_42 on September 10th, 2009 8:19 pm

    Absolute stupidity. They will just create an underground market that will put money into the pockets of organized gangs. The religious folks are out to lunch. They will make society less safe.

  2. Phil on September 10th, 2009 10:16 pm

    They are trying to push legalization here in the US, but I doubt it will happen.

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