Netherlands Plans to Ban Tourists From Buying Marijuana

 by lucy

Starting next year, foreigners who travel to the Netherlands will not be permitted to purchase marijuana from local coffee shops.  The current open door policy for buying marijuana is one factor that brings a large number of tourists to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

There are over 220 coffee shops in Amsterdam which are visited by approximately 1 million tourists each year.  With the new policy change, coffee shops will only be allowed to sell marijuana to Dutch citizens and foreigners who live in the country.  Each coffee shop will be required to register members who are allowed to buy from their location.

Iris Reshef, a spokeswoman for the City of Amsterdam, explained “The members-only rule is meant for public nuisance at coffee shops near the border, where foreigners line up their cars to buy.”  Reshef continued to explain that due to this, Amsterdam, which is not a border city, is still in talks with the ministry in order to find an agreement that is suitable for the city.

The Netherlands’ government will begin enforcing new rules in May in the southern provinces, and in 2013 in the rest of the country, including Amsterdam.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said in a letter to lawmakers, “There will be an end to the open-door policy.  Stricter rules will make coffee shops smaller, better controllable, and reduce the attractiveness of Dutch drug policy for foreign users.”

This move by the government could potentially deal a blow to the Netherlands’ tourism industry.  As of time of publication, officials had not yet commented on whether specific events had spurred the decision to bar tourists from coffee shops.

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    mountainman66 said on Dec 18, 2011

    Where did you get your information? My brother and I have been planning to make the trip to AMS sometime in 2012. my worst fear is to book the trip, make the journey, and then find out they are only serving the locals. this article makes it seem like AMS won’t crack down on the locals until 2013. How reliable is this article? Any help would be much appreciated!

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      admin said on Dec 19, 2011

      Hey mountainman66. This is being reported throughout national news networks as well. Like the article says, officials are in talks to apply a different set of regulations to Amsterdam itself. They’re starting by making the policy changes in border towns, but as far as we’ve found reported, Amsterdam will not be impacted by the changes until 2013. As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to post it here to keep you up to date.

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    doit4achewit said on Dec 24, 2011

    hi guys, listen this policy is meant to stop border hassles and nothin else, Adam will be fine. there will be different laws for the capitol, because over 70% of tourism in the country is to Adam, and 70% of that is coffee shop culture related! They cannot afford to stop it, as every buisness in the city benefits from the increased level of tourism it brings

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    HighAsFuck said on Jan 30, 2012

    I would never want to go to amsterdamn if it didnt have all the coffee shops for tourists to buy weed from

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    Type3Steve said on Mar 30, 2013

    Screw'em! We have 2 states of our own to support!! No airplanes needed!
    Chubbs says the weed over there doesn't even compare to ours!
    I believe it!

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