Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan decided to stop the policy of closing coffeeshops immediately after a shooting at the business. But only if the coffeeshop owner agrees to take measures to prevent such incidents and to cooperate fully with the police should it be necessary, the municipality of Amsterdam announced in a press statement.
About half of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam city center hired in extra security in response to several shootings targeted at coffeeshops and recently a restaurant in the city. The coffeeshop owners also teamed up to offer a reward of 25 thousand euros for information that will bring the shootings to an end, NOS reports.
The Amsterdam municipality is allowed to order coffeeshops in a 25 meter radius around schools to be closed during the day on weekdays or to relocate, the court in the city ruled on Friday.
Since Sittard-Geleen implemented a residents-only policy in the city's coffeeshops, Belgian drug tourists are increasingly avoiding these businesses. "The drug tourism decreased considerably", Mayor Sjraar Cox said to 1Limburg.
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The municipality of Sittard-Geleen is following in Maastricht's footsteps and is banning coffeeshops from selling drugs to tourists. From April 1st only residents of the Netherlands can buy cannabis at coffeeshops in the city. Coffeeshop owner Peter Hendriks fears that this measure will mean a significant increase in the drug dealing on the city's streets
The only effect the new Opium Act had is that coffeeshops are now getting more cannabis from abroad. The major illegal cannabis cultivators did not stop their activities, they simply moved them to outside the Netherlands, BNR reports based on information from several experts and people from the soft drugs industry.
The city of Amsterdam ordered the closure of two coffeeshops - De Kroon on Rietwijkerstraat and The Power on Srphatistraat - after shooting incidents at each of them
Dozens of mayors in The Netherlands have come together to plead for a regulation of marijuana cultivation. They want to permit sale of the soft drug in coffeeshops, as well as the cultivation. In an interview with de Volkskrant, mayor Paul Depla of Heerlen outs hard criticism on the current cannabis policy in The Cabinet.
more than 100 party front-runners of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) have spoken out against the marijuana regulation.
Minister for Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten (VVD) still has the support of a majority in parliament for his policy against the regulation of marijuana cultivation.
The lack of control on marijauana sales means that foreigners are still able to buy weed at 85 percent of coffeeshops in the Netherlands, the NOS reports.
Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten has to investigate what percentage of marijuana cultivation in the Netherlands is being used for export.
Restricting foreigners from coffee shops is not discrimination,
The Association of Offical Coffeeshops in Maastricht (VOCM) will continue to sell soft drugs to Belgians and Germans, despite the fact that mayor Onno Hoes of Maastricht ordered them to stop selling to foreigners.
Marc Josemans, spokesman for the VOCM says that the ridiculous idea of the mayor and the council will bring back the street dealers. “We have tried this for one year and it was very unsuccessful. That is not only our opinion but the opinion of almost everybody in Maastricht.”