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Dutch cannabis coffee shops ban tourists
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:19:47 AM »
 Alarmed by the side effects of its tolerant approach to soft drugs, the Dutch government announced plans this week to limit drug tourism by reserving hundreds of cannabis-vending coffee shops for locals.

"The sale of hashish and cannabis in coffee shops must be limited and aimed solely at the local user," said a cabinet statement on Friday, days before a mayoral ban on marijuana sales enters into force for eight such shops near the Belgian border.

Faced with the dilemma of criminal control over cannabis cultivation and the "nuisance" created by millions of drug tourists a year, authorities have been taking an increasingly tougher stance on recreational drugs.

Some analysts point to a growing conservatism under the Christian Democrat-led government.

In the clearest indication yet of its global vision for the future, the cabinet on Friday broadly adopted the advice of a committee it had appointed to help in a review of national drug policy.

The commission said in July "the situation has gotten out of hand", advising that "coffee shops should again become what they were originally meant to be: vending points for local users and not large-scale suppliers to consumers from neighbouring countries."

The cabinet said it wanted to "limit the nuisance and crime risks".

"The consensus is that it should be much more difficult for tourists to buy from Dutch coffee shops," justice ministry spokeswoman Karen Temmink explained.

A draft new drugs policy is to be presented to parliament by year-end.

The Netherlands decriminalised the consumption and possession of under five grammes of cannabis in 1976. There are some 700 licensed coffee shops.

Paradoxically, cultivation remains illegal and the two-billion-euro-a-year industry, according to police, is effectively in the hands of the criminal underworld.

In another unintended consequence, several border towns complain of the burdens associated with a weekly influx of tens of thousands of tourists, mainly Belgian, French and German.

Among recent steps taken to deal with these problems, Amsterdam has said it would halve its number of coffee shops, citing criminality, while other cities are to close those within a certain radius of schools.

In the southern Limburg province, 30 coffee shops announced recently they would become private members' clubs from next year and reduce the daily limit from five to three grammes per person.

Patrons would require membership cards and a Dutch debit card to pay with, effectively cutting off tourists.

The Limburg move is backed by the national government, and is one of several pilot projects whose results will be incorporated in its new policy.

Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Zoom, two other southern border councils, announced last year that their eight coffee shops would be interdicted from selling cannabis from next Wednesday in a bid to push back some 25,000 drug tourists per week.

This should make an end, the mayors explained, to the long lines of foreign cars on their roads, hundreds of youths hovering outside coffee shops on weekends, and illegal drug dealers attracted by their presence.

The owners of the eight coffee shops challenged the mayors' actions in court on Friday. Judgment is expected next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the two municipalities have launched a campaign to inform youths about the pending changes, including a three-minute video clip entitled "It is over", to be shown in cinemas in nearby Antwerp in Belgium.

The clip shows three Belgian tourists arriving to find the doors of their favourite coffee shop closed. They end up in a police van after an encounter with illegal dealers.

Though the video clip has a humourous undertone, the message couldn't be more serious. From Wednesday, "law enforcement will be stepped up to put an immediate stop to any illegal street sales", Roosendaal spokesman Dirk Timmers said.
 

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 01:21:43 AM »
can't you not read, BELGIUM BORDER....

the only place in the netherlands any of you would go to would be amsterdam...
 

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 01:25:45 AM »
can't you not read, BELGIUM BORDER....


He can't, but you can't either. It said BELGIAN BORDER.

ha

Watch, this topic will be deleted within 15 minutes.
 

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009, 01:28:20 AM »
can't you not read, BELGIUM BORDER....

the only place in the netherlands any of you would go to would be amsterdam...
The title of the thread is not wrong,you stupid retarded cunt :sshh:
 

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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2009, 01:54:25 AM »
can't you not read, BELGIUM BORDER....

the only place in the netherlands any of you would go to would be amsterdam...
The title of the thread is not wrong,you stupid retarded cunt :sshh:
It bans Belgians who simply go to the netherlands to get some weed.
 

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2009, 01:58:14 AM »
That sucks. All that's gonna do is increase activity outside of these cafes.
 

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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2009, 02:00:38 AM »
can't you not read, BELGIUM BORDER....

the only place in the netherlands any of you would go to would be amsterdam...
The title of the thread is not wrong,you stupid retarded cunt :sshh:
It bans Belgians who simply go to the netherlands to get some weed.

Dutch government to ban cannabis sales to tourists
 

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2009, 02:57:02 AM »
This is terrible news! The proportions of this move are revolutionary, on par with the Iranian Revolution of 79... (no offense to the Iranians in this thread). This is going to take the uniqueness of the Netherlands and greatly diminish it, tourism will probably be cut in half in the Netherlands. how retarded to close the shops to tourists, when it's the main tourist attraction! Now what you're going to get is tourists hassling Dutch locals to buy weed for them, just watch.
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2009, 03:34:22 AM »
This is terrible news! The proportions of this move are revolutionary, on par with the Iranian Revolution of 79... (no offense to the Iranians in this thread). This is going to take the uniqueness of the Netherlands and greatly diminish it, tourism will probably be cut in half in the Netherlands. how retarded to close the shops to tourists, when it's the main tourist attraction! Now what you're going to get is tourists hassling Dutch locals to buy weed for them, just watch.

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...
 

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2009, 03:54:56 AM »

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...

If it moves you to go somewhere else than Holland, I'm all for it.
 

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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2009, 03:56:24 AM »
just gotta remember to wear clogs and talk like youve had a stroke....theyll think ur local ;D 8)
 

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2009, 03:58:49 AM »

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...

If it moves you to go somewhere else than Holland, I'm all for it.

i'm sorry tardfuck but i have a lot of friends between amsterdam,utrecht and rotterdam and i don't care about the weed shops...i can always smoke as much as i want  :psych:
 

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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2009, 03:59:08 AM »
just gotta remember to wear clogs and talk like youve had a stroke....theyll think ur local ;D 8)
lmao ;D
 

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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2009, 04:01:20 AM »

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...

If it moves you to go somewhere else than Holland, I'm all for it.

i'm sorry tardfuck but i have a lot of friends between amsterdam,utrecht and rotterdam and i don't care about the weed shops...i can always smoke as much as i want  :psych:

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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2009, 04:03:07 AM »

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...

If it moves you to go somewhere else than Holland, I'm all for it.

i'm sorry tardfuck but i have a lot of friends between amsterdam,utrecht and rotterdam and i don't care about the weed shops...i can always smoke as much as i want  :psych:

Internet friends aren't real friends.
i know that these are the only kind of friends you have  :D
but its not the same for me,tardfuck  :laugh:
 

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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2009, 04:05:30 AM »
this would be a tragedy for my cousin.
 

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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2009, 03:49:20 PM »
Sounds like a bad idea. RIP tourist dollars.
 

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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2009, 03:16:21 AM »

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...

If it moves you to go somewhere else than Holland, I'm all for it.

i'm sorry tardfuck but i have a lot of friends between amsterdam,utrecht and rotterdam and i don't care about the weed shops...i can always smoke as much as i want  :psych:

give me their names and adresses
 

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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2009, 03:25:03 AM »

they don't consider that most of the "smoke tourists" spend their money all over the cities not only in the shops,this will be a huge damage in the economy...

If it moves you to go somewhere else than Holland, I'm all for it.

i'm sorry tardfuck but i have a lot of friends between amsterdam,utrecht and rotterdam and i don't care about the weed shops...i can always smoke as much as i want  :psych:

give me their names and adresses
no,i just give you a big and fat  :psych:
 

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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2009, 04:32:26 AM »
Kontgat those kids in your sig are ridiculous but so fucking funny! u know them?
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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2009, 05:10:05 AM »
damn thats fucked up! So whats about Amsterdam? Are they planning do do it in amsterdam too or only in the shops at the borders??  ???
 

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« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2009, 06:55:34 AM »
Kontgat those kids in your sig are ridiculous but so fucking funny! u know them?

they're elano's fam
 

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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2009, 07:06:12 AM »
Kontgat those kids in your sig are ridiculous but so fucking funny! u know them?

they're elano's fam

thanks god i'm not related to you.
those tards are your brothers  :D :laugh: