Dutch Judge Paves Way To Turn Coffeeshops Into Private Clubs For Dutch Only

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 27, 2012

    While Amsterdam coffeeshop owners hope to be able to work out a political compromise to remain open for non-Dutch, it looks like the rest of The Netherlands will quickly move to embrace these court-ordered changes to their business model.

    Let’s hope that this past High Times Cannabis Cup Awards will not be the last!

    From the Huffington Post

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Long famous for “coffee shops” where joints and cappuchinos share the menu, the Netherlands’ famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke.

    A judge on Friday upheld a government plan to ban non-Dutch residents from buying marijuana by introducing a “weed pass” available only to residents.

    The new regulation reins in one of the country’s most cherished symbols of tolerance – its laissez-faire attitude to soft drugs – and reflects the drift away from a long-held view of the Netherlands as a free-wheeling utopia.

    For many tourists visiting Amsterdam the image endures – and smoking a joint in a canalside coffee shop ranks high on their to-do lists along with visiting cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum.

    The city’s left-leaning Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is hoping to hammer out a compromise with the national government.

    Coffee shops also have not given up the fight. A week ago they mustered a few hundred patrons for a “smoke-in” in downtown Amsterdam to protest the new restrictions.

    A lawyer for owners, Maurice Veldman, said he would file an appeal against the ruling by a judge at The Hague District court, which clears the way for the weed pass to be introduced in southern provinces on May 1.

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    33 responses to “Dutch Judge Paves Way To Turn Coffeeshops Into Private Clubs For Dutch Only”

    1. jed says:

      do dah dah dum bitches

    2. ADutchman says:

      The Dutch government fell on April 23rd. We’re having new elections in September, and I honestly would be very surprised if the next elected government continues with this, especially considering what parties have risen and fallen in the polls.

    3. Brandon Boucher says:

      Whoa, saw this coming, no shocker here, but man, what a huge step backwards… Someone really needs to lock that guy in a room and clambake him, and then smack him in the back of the head for having such a stupid idea.

    4. Gweedo says:

      I guess the thousands and thousands of tourists will just have to spend their money elsewhere. Like in Colorado after this November!

    5. Jared says:

      Heh. Good luck with that. As they watch their economy take a large hit (no pun intended)they’ll be forced to retract the legislation.

    6. Owen says:

      Look, part of the problem is the cannabis cup. I mean , why are being obnoxious and rubbing it in the faces of those who hate us pot smokers?

      Another part of the problem is asshole American tourists who just don’t have a fucking clue how to behave in a foreign country. ITS NOT HOME!

      But ultimately, this is the work of the American prohibition movement. Big Pharma, Congress, Obama, lobbies, Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol. FUCK EM ALL!!!!

    7. Cameron says:

      I’m really surprised. There will be massive revenue loss.

    8. KenLee says:

      Just move the cup awards. As far as getting cannabis, it’s all over the U.S., especially conissour strains.

    9. Jurrian DeCock says:

      Sad, but I hope the Brits, Germans, Belgians, and French politicians will take the sticks out of the asses and legalize in their own countries, or at least adopt the polder coffeeshop model for their own countries to deal with the increase in black market sales at home. They could have their state security apparatus crack down on it in the American-style prohibitionist manner, which will cost more than managing the situation now does.

      The whole cannabis prohibition thing is totally outdated, old-fashioned, misguided, and just plain stupid.

      Now, all these countries that have been bitching about the Dutch will have to deal with their own citizens demand in their own countries, and what a pain in the ass that will be.

      Ordo ab chaos!

      In other words, legalize!