A great cannabis festival organized in Amsterdam this Sunday, the 17th of June! The government of the Netherlands is changing the drug laws and the people are angry. We have informed you about the new system, banning tourists from Dutch cannabis café’s and obligating local citizens to register as a pot smoker to be able to purchase their favorite herb. The new laws will be put into effect nationwide in 2013, but in the South of the country they have already gone into effect.
There have been some demonstrations already and the negative effects of the new law are clearly visible; empty cannabis café’s, or ‘coffeeshops’ as we call them here in the Netherlands and illegal street dealers roaming the streets and selling drugs to weed-hungry tourists, making local people feel unsafe in their own towns. All this nonsense is of course totally unnecessary as the government should just realize that decriminalizing cannabis is the only right way to treat this issue. Just like cigarettes and alcohol, cannabis could mean profit for the country. Just regulate the growing and the smoking and let the people do their thing and everything will be fine... On 17th of June will be the “Cannabisbevrijdingsdag 2012” (Cannabis Liberation day 2012) in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. This festival will be another attempt to wake up the Dutch government and stop this madness. There will be national and international speakers talking about the problem, many great bands and live acts, a hemp-market and the Cannabis Film festival. From 14:00 ‘till 22:00 it will be an event you can’t miss out on. So if you are in the neighborhood, make sure you will be there and show your support! See all festival info here.