Friday, May 27, 2011

Amsterdam to Require Official Government Pass to Buy Marijuana at Cafes

From the Associated Press:

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch Cabinet says it will push ahead with plans to force anyone wishing to purchase marijuana at the country's weed cafes to first obtain an official pass — a move designed to curtail tourists from buying the drug.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he plans to begin rolling out the system in the country's south later this year, an area popular with French and German buyers, before moving on to Amsterdam's famed tourist cafes later in his term.

Justice Ministry spokesman Wim van der Weegen said Friday the supreme court must still rule on whether foreigners can be blocked entirely.

Regardless, he said the plan will prevent cafes from issuing more than 1,500 permits in all, forcing shop owners to choose between tourists and their regular customers.
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  1. fuck. me. 1st trip ever is spring time... atleast ill go there once =D

  2. what's next, no more prostitution? RIP Amsterdam tourism industry

  3. wtf? seriously who the fuck thinks this is a good idea? I hope only the worst will happen to amsterdam's tourist industry if this is passed. this has to be the dumbest thing i have ever heard.

    1. "Recent survey data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicates 25.8 million people have acknowledged using marijuana in the past year, of which 15.2 million have acknowledged using marijuana in the past month. These figures have remained pretty much the same throughout this decade since the NSDUH improved their survey techniques in 2002 and realized that there were actually about 25% more marijuana users than they had been previously estimating." -High Times Magazine-

      Americans are pot smokers, of course this will attract American tourists (Including myself) because it gives them access to the herb without having to be locked up over a bag of grass.
      Since both of you morons have poor grammar, I can tell you are not very well educated. Consider doing your research.

    2. did you read the article man? this is going to put a big cut a big chunk of tourism out, due to the required pass. smoke pot or not you might not be getting a pass if your a tourist...

  4. fucking rediculous, fuck this shit

  5. Just as the world embraces pot THEN they decide to limit who can come smoke up with them? They will go begging for customers!!