Size really does matter, it seems, especially if you are the mayor of a small Dutch town near any border.
In the latest case to expose the hypocrisy of the Dutch government’s ‘tolerance’ of soft drugs, police have closed down the world’s largest coffeeshop, Checkpoint, located in Terneuzen near the Belgian border.
Apparently police found 4.5 kilos of ‘stock’ in the coffeeshop, while the maximum allowed at any time is 500 grams. The trouble is that the 3,000 customers (mostly from Belgium and France) flocking to Checkpoint each day made a mockery of the very odd system that allows coffeeshops to sell soft drugs but not to buy them.
Even the mayor of Terneuzen complains that this policy pushes the owners of larger coffeeshops into the hands of organised crime, as they are the only ones who can supply in large enough quantities.
The mayor seems to have forgotten that he and the local council must have given permission for the construction of the giant three-storey drugs outlet knowing what it would be used for and knowing full well 500 grams of stock would not last. Now he and others are calling for cannabis cultivation under government control.
Maybe some of the government ‘weed’ could make it back to The Hague. That would certainly liven up the cabinet meetings.
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