Day 1 of Banning Tourists from Dutch Coffeeshops
So it has finally happened; the first day of banning tourists from buying their beloved herb in the Southern cities of the Netherlands has come. From now on visitors need to have a ' wietpas' to be able to enter a coffeeshop. And this new rule states that only residents of the Netherlands can register for this so called “weedpass”. Today has been a very hectic day in coffeeshop-land as in many cities the new rule created confusion and chaos. In Maastricht, a city close to the border of Belgium only one shop opened its doors in the morning just to refuse the first tourist their entrance to the facility. This of course resulted in angry foreigners who then went in a big march to the local police station to report a case of discrimination. All other coffeeshops in Maastricht didn't open their doors at all out of protest.
Maastricht was not the only city where the new law caused some disturbance. One shop in the city of Tilburg has been selling to foreign customers just to show the government that they do not at all agree with the new rule. There have already been reports of street dealers driving over from other cities to sell cannabis on street corners to customers that have been refused by the local shops and at the moment there are not much Dutch citizens that have registered for the pass because seriously, who wants to be registered in any system as a frequent cannabis smoker? And how long does the government think they can manage to uphold this dumb law without the smokers society being smart enough to come up with new ways to obtain their favorite smoke?
P.S. Amsterdam is still no problem though. The ban will probably go into effect for Amsterdam at January 1, 2013, but it's still not 100% certain it will go through at all.
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