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Controversy Reaches Tipping Point in Amsterdam Cannabis Cafe Ban

Posted: Nov. 8th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Pot Day in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Official Tourism

While it comes as good news for adventuring tourists, the news of Amsterdam's decision to overturn the recent ban on foreigner admittance into cannabis cafes comes at the heart of ongoing controversy over the legal and societal implications of the move.

Good news for tourists hoping to smoke a big, fat joint while on their tour of Amsterdam: the Dutch city's mayor says he will not ban foreigners from Amsterdam's famous cannabis cafes, known as "coffee shops."

This decision follows of months of debate over new drug laws in the Netherlands, the BBC reported.

A ban on non-Dutch residents using marijuana was to be rolled out in Amsterdam by the end of 2012.

The country's previous conservative government introduced legislation restricting the sale of cannabis to Dutch residents who had registered with their local cannabis cafe for a “weed pass," Radio Netherlands said.

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