The inbound Dutch government has abandoned their ill-fated tactic for a nationwide “weed pass” that would have been restricted only to residents — which would have all but excluded the pot hungry Europeans that flock to Amsterdam for their highly sought after marijuana cafes.
The pact says that it wants only Dutch residents to have access to marijuana cafes, but leaves enforcement up to cities. Amsterdam opposes a ban, which would hurt tourism.
Some cafe owners said Tuesday that they are satisfied Dutch weed policy will remain unchanged, while others criticized the lack of clarity. source
Despite this quantum leap forward in common sense, the Dutch maintained one caveat as a safety net. Within the conditional governing accord revealed this week, Dutch cities can exclude tourists from the much sought after chronic within the local coffee shops, should they choose.
The new mandate goes on to state that it wants only the Dutch populaces to have access to the very popular marijuana cafes, but leaves implementation up to cities. Rightfully so, Amsterdam opposes a ban which ultimately kill their marijuana tourism income.
Most coffee shop owners stated yesterday that they are more than satisfied with the Dutch weed policy and are happy that it will remain unchanged, while other less progressives criticized the lack of clarity of their new mandate. Marijuana sales are for the most part illegal in the Netherlands, that being said people can’t be prosecuted for possession of small amounts and pot is sold openly in designated “coffee shops.”