The ban on foreigners entering cannabis cafes may come into place next year
Foreigners might be banned from entering Amsterdam’s cannabis cafés under a proposed new law.
The ban – which has been proposed by Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema – may come into place next year. The mayor wants to implement it in a crackdown on organised crime and drugs tourism and has the backing of police and prosecutors.
Research by the Dutch government says 58 per cent of foreigners go to Amsterdam to freely smoke marijuana, with 166 coffee shops legally selling weed.
Haselma said: “Amsterdam is an international city and we wish to attract tourists – but for its richness, its beauty and its cultural institutions.”
Although such a law would ban foreign tourists from stepping foot inside the coffee shops, locals would still be allowed in.
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