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'Weed Pass' Burned Down

Posted: Nov. 28th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
A tourist smoking weed in Amsterdam
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Rather than going through the “Weed Pass” program that would have required natives to register to obtain their soft core drug cards so that they could smoke weed and so that foreigners would be blocked from coming into Amsterdam and causing intoxicated chaos.

Dutch cities are to decide themselves whether to bar foreign drug tourists from so-called coffee-shops, after the government scrapped its unpopular “weed pass” law.

The move will allow Amsterdam to keep pulling in millions of foreign soft-drug users, while allowing border towns to clamp down on crime related to drug tourism.

“The best way of seeing which measures are effective is at local level,” Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said in a letter sent to parliament late Monday.

“We are abandoning the ‘cannabis card’,” he added.

The Dutch government announced a year ago that it was introducing a law to ban foreigners from entering dope-dealing “coffee-shops”, also forcing local smokers to show identification and register in a database.


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