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Cannabis cafe membership may be delayed

Thursday 15 December 2011

Cannabis cafes in the south of the country will have until May 1 2012 to turn themselves into members' only clubs, justice minister Ivo Opstelten said on Thursday.

The minister had wanted to introduce the membership pass system in January, but many local councils had asked for a delay.

So-called coffee shops in Noord-Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland will now become members' only clubs in May. The system will be introduced nationwide in 2013 Opstelten said.


Under the new system, only people who are officially resident in the Netherlands will be able to 'join' a cannabis club. Coffee shops will be allowed to have no more than 2,000 members and must be at least 350 metres from schools.

Opponents of the coffee shop pass system say it will lead to an increase in street dealing.

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Border cannabis café closure boosts Breda
Maastricht can ban tourists from cannabis cafes, says top EU legal advisor
Mayors to get tough in Eindhoven drugs wars
Tourism prompts cannabis café closure

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

a ban for tourists to coffee shops!! doesnt take rocket science to see that will lead to increase of street dealing,just look at the uk...short sighted..and i thought nl was a liberal country..seems not maybe we should ban dutch from uk pubs!!! so much for all equal in the EU!!!!!

By kevin | 15 December 2011 3:53 PM

Anyone getting sick and tired of this subject yet? We all know the big lies about the plant and the propaganda.

I would rather buy from a friend in a bar, or a house dealer any day, like during the 80's...

It's not so much a war on soft drugs, but a war against defending the large corporations that continue to milk us, & payoffs to governments all over this sad sorry-arse planet . Prohibition for the wrong reasons along with yellow journalism says it all, just years of BS lies!

How much longer??

By The visitor | 15 December 2011 4:56 PM

Your the only county with any common sense. Don't turn you county into the wild West

By Dave Lovett | 15 December 2011 6:46 PM

@ KEVIN - you mean neo-liberal ...

See if you think that this article is worth a read on that topic ==> http://neweconomicperspectives.blogspot.com/2011/12/europes-transition-from-social.html

By BizarroNL | 15 December 2011 7:30 PM

@Kevin: "and i thought nl was a liberal country" ?? How could you think something like that? There is a lot of indifference here, not liberalims (as in open-mindedness). And indifference can work only in good time when no one has anything to lose. that's why all this (including racism and descirimination) is coming out now.

By Leon | 16 December 2011 8:09 AM

Obviously this is pressure from the EUSSR on the Dutch government in exchange for more influence in decision making. The Dutch politicians are tired of being considered as the pot suppliers of Europe. But careful for what you wish for as anyone sustaining the ban is a supporter of underworld criminal activity. Then so be it. I for one won't be visiting the Netherlands any longer, countries like Czech Republic and Portugal who instead are bucking the trend and de-criminalizing soft drugs will see an increase in tourism. And it's a shame because I love and respect the Dutch.

By Marco Marboni | 16 December 2011 9:42 AM

visitor: I am thoroughly sick of hearing and reading about it. I think the implementation of this 'pass system' will cause major problems and fail miserably. It's a real shame to see so much energy and time and tax money wasted on this type of nonsense in these serious economic times.

By Bill | 17 December 2011 7:11 AM

Belgium has a federal government now. Perhaps a trilateral policy in the benelux on cannabis clubs can be worked out with Luxembo(u)rg.

@Dave Lovett: country.

@Marco: The Holland I know values personal freedom right after Queen & Country. Portugal is worth a look.

By Puck | 17 December 2011 9:05 AM

So-called coffeeshops in Noord-Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland could become members' only clubs in May. 'Will now'?

By Puck | 17 December 2011 9:12 AM

Bill: I entirely agree. Just the fact that the lying politicians in cahoots with the corporate world only mention the female flower (THC scapegoating) from the plant, and never mention the many great products that can be extracted makes me sick, namely cheap bio fuels, medicine, oil, paper, plastic & clothing!!

The bible makes it very clear: but a tree of knowledge does not produce apples, go figure!!

By The visitor | 19 December 2011 1:15 AM

@Marco - Let me get this right. You "love and respect the Dutch" but you will no longer come here strictly because of their decision on Cafe' memberships? Does that make sense? I like a beer, but I won't avoid countries because of their liquor laws. Can I suggest you may need a 12 step program!

By DH | 19 December 2011 10:05 AM

Interesting to see that it is the Cannabis restriction articles that really seem to be of interest to the English language Dutch news consumer...perhaps the government is really on to something? Fewer tourists and immigrants that come primarily for something else besides the sex, drugs and rock and roll would might not be a bad thing.

The Dutch naively thought that the rest of the world would follow their example on cannabis decriminalization. Unfortunately, due to lack of political will to address the back door problem, the Dutch cannabis market is overrun by the mafia and an enabler of violent organized crime -- just like it is in countries with no so-called decriminalization.

By Mike | 20 December 2011 7:26 AM

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