It has been announced that Dutch law will ban tourists from buying cannabis from coffee shops in the Netherlands in efforts to end drug tourism.
Since the 1970′s, Dutch cities, especially the capital, Amsterdam, have been popular destinations to visit for foreign travellers looking to enjoy the freedom of smoking cannabis in coffee shops where it is not legalised but it is decriminalised. The ban however, will change all of this. On Tuesday 1st May, the ban took place in Maastrict and as a result there was a 200 people strong protest.
The ban isn’t planned to go nationwide and reach Amsterdam until next year however, with the cities Mayor and Council opposed to it and with the city being home to a third of the countries coffee shops, it is yet to be seen if it will actually go through.
As part of the new law, coffee shops will have to adhere to a licensing rule, whereby residents of the cities will have to have “weed passes” in order to buy cannabis or smoke it, meaning those visiting for a holiday or a stag party in Amsterdam will not be able to purchase it.
With the coffee shop industry thought to have a turnover of £1.6 billion a year, this will inevitably have a huge effect on the Dutch tourist industry. Maurice Veldman, the lawyer for the Cannabis Retailers Association stated;
“It is a 100 per cent political verdict to defend the state. There is no public order problem with coffee shops in cities like Amsterdam”
So could it soon be possible to visit coffee shops on a stag do in Brighton instead? Well, Green Party Councillor Ben Duncan has voiced his view that Brighton should replace Amsterdam and decriminalise cannabis in coffee shops in order to gain from the tourism which Amsterdam will lose if the ban does come into place. Duncan stated;
“Of course, in Brighton and Hove, we know only too well the damage that the current drug policy of complete criminalisation of drug use is causing rather than seeing it as a health issue…So what about it? Brighton, the liberal, tolerant, tourist capital of Europe?”
Hmm. Spliffing idea or just plain bonkers?
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Start scheming – plan your party!
For the latest news and offers…
- The naked truth – would you try yoga in the buff?
- Countdown to sextasy – the golden rules
- Jay Z to throw Kanye West ‘the most extravagant stag do known to man’
- Beer is as good for you as wine, experts say
- Cara Delevingne bans selfies at sister Poppy’s hen do at Coachella – just kidding!
- Five spa specialists give top skin care tips to save you from burning up this summer
- Victoria’s Secret is out – lingerie show says knickers to New York, hello London
- Golden rules for your stag do – or how to learn from other people’s blunders
- Beyonce to be bridesmaid when Kim and Kanye tie the knot?
- Game of Thrones wedding style (don’t worry, no spoilers)
- April 2014 (23)
- March 2014 (36)
- February 2014 (34)
- January 2014 (11)
- October 2013 (2)
- September 2013 (13)
- August 2013 (13)
- July 2013 (16)
- June 2013 (9)
- May 2013 (5)
- April 2013 (6)
- March 2013 (14)
- February 2013 (10)
- January 2013 (15)
- October 2012 (13)
- September 2012 (15)
- August 2012 (13)
- July 2012 (9)
- June 2012 (7)
- May 2012 (12)
- April 2012 (14)
- March 2012 (14)
- February 2012 (14)
- January 2012 (14)
- December 2011 (12)
- November 2011 (16)
- October 2011 (17)
- September 2011 (25)
- August 2011 (31)
- July 2011 (18)
- June 2011 (23)
- May 2011 (26)
- April 2011 (22)
- March 2011 (22)
- February 2011 (19)
- January 2011 (30)
- December 2010 (26)
- November 2010 (20)
- August 2010 (1)
- July 2010 (2)
- September 2009 (1)
- August 2009 (1)
- April 2009 (1)