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    Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    The Netherlands plans to ban foreigners from the country's famed pot shops, a decision Amsterdam's tourism industry hopes goes up in smoke.
    The Dutch Cabinet late last month said the measure was needed to "reduce nuisance and drugs tourism," arguing that "substance use of minors has to be countered more strongly and that coffee shops have grown into large points of sale of cannabis that are hard to manage."
    Known as the "Weed Pass," the measure will turn coffee shops into private clubs for Dutch citizens over the age of 18. The memberships will last for a minimum of a year, and each shop will have a capped number of members.
    "Persons who do not hold Dutch citizenship will not have access to the coffee shops," the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice said in a statement.
    "The Cabinet expects that closure of coffee shops to foreign drugs tourists will ensure that they no longer travel to the Netherlands to purchase and consume cannabis. After all, many of them can use the illegal markets available in their immediate surroundings," it says.
    The government said the measure also is needed to crack down on drug trafficking near the borders with Germany and Belgium. "The number of criminal organizations that will be dealt with will be doubled from 20 to 40%," the Ministry of Security and Justice said in its statement.
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    Re: Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    Here is another headline. "Netherlands tourism revenue plummets. Officials are baffled."



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    Re: Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    Why else GO to Amsterdam?


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    Re: Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    Why else GO to Amsterdam?
    The Red Light District?

    Well, there goes their tourism industry.



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    Re: Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    Guess Amsterdam is going to have to change their coat of arms again...



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    Re: Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    never underestimate the power of a tourism board, when 25% of your tourists visit these shops, that's a lot of money in hotels and food. my guess is this gets overturned.



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    Re: Dutch to Ban Foreigners from Pot Shops

    I've got one on every corner here, why do i need to go to Amsterdam?


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