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Cannabis cafe pass scheme falls apart

Thursday 21 May 2009

A plan to make all the cannabis-selling cafes in Limburg province operate as members only clubs is on the verge of collapse, news agency ANP reports on Thursday.

Six of the eight local authority areas where the cafes, known as coffee shops, are located, have pulled out of the scheme, just over a week since it was formally launched.

The plan, which aims to stop tens of thousands of German, Belgian and French nationals buying cannabis over the border, would restrict admittance to the 30 cafes in the region to card carriers. They would only be able to buy a maximum of three grammes of the drug a day.

But the mayors of Venlo, Roermond, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Venray and Weert are angry that the home affairs and justice ministries have refused to make extra police officers and money available to clamp down on street dealers. They fear people refused access to the cafes will buy from ordinary dealers, creating more of a nuisance for locals.

Maastricht mayor Gerd Leers who devised the scheme says he plans to meet officials in June in an effort to get a cash commitment.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Great news. Don't forget back in the 90's they used the same excuse about cannabis 'tourists' to bring the personal limit from 30g down to 5g. The coffeeshops should not be forced to go through this same argument over and over again. Are they gonna stop natives from Dubai and SaudiArabia from buying alcohol when they are in the Netherlands?

By paul | 22 May 2009 1:54 PM

Can you imagine if the Irish government stopped Guinness being sold to tourists??? Its absurd!!

By Cormac | 24 May 2009 11:05 AM

Main cause for drug tourism problems is prohibtion in the tourist's homelands. Help abolishing prohibition in Belgium, Germany and france and drug tourism will vanish.

By Jerg | 29 May 2009 9:26 AM

Pecunia non olet.
Let the germans buy good weed in netherlands and we`ll allow the dutch fans to get drunk from Bavarian beer while the next football-match happens between both countries.

By aXXL | 29 May 2009 12:08 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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