Weed pass in southern Netherlands goes in effect May 1st

Weed pass in southern Netherlands goes in effect May 1st
The Dutch weed pass will go in effect on the first of May for the southern Dutch provinces of Zeeland, Brabant and Limburg, banning the sale of soft drugs to foreigners.

What? Why?

The weed pass (Dutch: wietpas) is a measure that has been pushed by the Dutch government to get rid of foreign ‘drug tourists’, which according to the Dutch police are a prime source of nuisance in the areas around coffee shops, particularly in cities such as Maastricht. The introduction of the weed pass means there are particularly large groups of German and French smokers who will no longer be able to legally buy Dutch weed in the southern provinces.

Essentially, the weed pass creates private clubs. Coffee shops may only sell soft drugs to registered members with a weed pass. To become a member you have to live in the Netherlands and be at least 18. There’s also a maximum of 2000 members per one shop.

Coffee shop owners and personnel are pursuing legal actions in an attempt to stop the weed pass, citing it discriminates foreigners and violates people’s privacy by forcing them to register with name and address.

What now?

The Dutch minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten isn’t worried about the legal action by the coffee shop owners, saying the legislation was thoroughly reviewed by the European Court. One shop owner in Maastricht is however prepared to let it come to a trial by selling soft drugs to foreign tourists after May 1, 2012. Like many others he is concerned of people resorting to illegal channels to obtain their drugs, which in turn puts a much heavier burden on law enforcement than the previous policy of tolerance.

Edit: Unlike we previously reported, January 1st 2013 the weed pass is set to go in effect for the entire country, which at this point also includes coffee shops in Amsterdam, despite opposition from the mayor and municipality.

What do you think of the weed pass?

Read on:

Telegraaf.nl - “Korting geding tegen wietpas” . (Dutch)



Commenti

  • Kaya - 2012-03-13 18:00:50 +12

    Wtf.... Have weed in Sweden to so go f..k your self Duths government

  • Tani - 2012-03-13 20:18:30 +53

    Can't buy weed in Coffeeshops ? The mafia will be there to provide it, with pesticide flavour. And what they gwan do with di money ? Buy guns to scare women into prostitution. Di mafia hates coffeeshops.

  • marco - 2012-03-14 06:35:56 +5

    i read somewhere that it's up to the muncipalities to enforce the ban or not, and quite a few majors are against it..hope it's true, it would mean that places like tilburg or eindhoven would still be tourist friendly.

  • Ben - 2012-03-14 08:32:22 +31

    We should finaly discover that this group of people who calles themselfs "the goverment", is not here to be at service for all the people but for private and industrial intrests.
    Just don't listen to these people, comme on the street... demand to be heard!
    We can change everything when we work together...

  • Dubchaser - 2012-03-14 21:51:20 +3

    Well, then we have to spend our long weekends and euros in Portugal instead -- to get some peace and decent puff. Or just save the money to get a grow-op started, although the risk of getting busted. Sad that the promised country is heading downhill -- we will be missing our stays. Luckily the seeds still are legal to possess, and that many guides are gratis.

  • luvalot - 2012-03-17 20:31:37 -1

    Well, sure makes a marriage of conveniance to a dutch man more appealing. FFS Governents, where is the LOVE? You could tax it doing a few major things, 1)Keeping the end user safer and 2) Stop terrorists getting that money and 3) An extra income (to help us out of the worlds current climate) (Or for our governments to make more money just to waste on other countries). Probably the latter, knowing all governments.

  • Impervious - 2012-03-29 19:25:07 -2

    Why should the Dutch have to "carry the load?".

    Take for example, France. If they are so truly sophisticated, cultured, liberal, romantic and filled with so much wine and cheese(dairy) - why is it that they have hordes descending upon poor little Holland for the privilege of a smoke?

    Would it be such a great imposition to allow smoking, selling and all the rest within the Montmarte?

    Now, we have the crux of the question. Who gets to deal with the nuisance. Apparently, not the Dutch.

  • A weed consumer - 2012-04-23 16:59:31

    And what about the fact that the Dutch governement felt yesterday ? Will it have an impact on the "Weed pass" project ? Is this project obsolete now ?

    [ Azarius: Excellent question. We don't know to be honest. Anyone?]

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