Bummer: Dutch Gov't Mulls Closing Cannabis "Coffee Shops" to Tourists

 A long-time rite of passage for American college graduates--a backpacking trip with a mandatory stop in Amsterdam to soak up the "culture"--may come to an end if the Dutch government has its way. A concern about "droug tourism" has led to a push for limiting the sale of cannabis to locals with a residence pass.

According to Reuters:

"...Some cities near the border with Belgium have clamped down on drug tourism, and the Dutch minister for security and justice confirmed Wednesday a wider crackdown after coalition parties agreed to push for a ban in September.

The government, which took office last month, has agreed to limit the sale of cannabis to Dutch residents to curb crime linked to its production and trading." 

Whether Amsterdam, the Dutch capital which boasts 223 coffee shop, will agree to completely shut down the sale of marijuana to tourists (and a potentially large source of revenue for the city), remains to be seen. In the meantime, avid Cannabis connoisseurs who relish the chance to shop for the substance in public had better book those tickets to Amsterdam now.

 Read the full Reuters story at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 18, 2010, 3:09am

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