Drug Law

The Netherlands Cracks Down on "Marijuana Tourism"

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The Dutch government said yesterday that it wanted to try and ban tourists from buying cannabis in the famed “coffee shops” in the country where hash is on sale legally.



The Netherlands has one of Europe’s most liberal soft drug policies and street-side coffee shops have been a popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam and border cities for decades. There has already been an effort to clamp down on what the country calls “drug tourism” in the country’s border cities near Belgium and Germany.

The Dutch border towns of Maastricht and Terneuzen have already restricted the sale of marijuana to foreigners in hopes to limit crime and disturbances such as traffic jams.