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Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...

 
CalmB4theLight
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Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
Game over potheads, that means you.

You will not be allowed to walk into a 'coffee shop' in Holland and buy and smoke marijhuana freely by 2012 as the dutch government is about to ban sale of drugs to tourists.

Only Dutch nationals will be able to continue consuming, but after being registered at said coffee shops every year, and with a limit of 1500 nationals per shop. Rural areas will be expected to follow the ban this year, with national implementation from 2012.

Looks like this will have a major impact on the economy as a result, and might strike Holland off the list of holiday destination for stoners...

Read it and weep...

[link to news.yahoo.com]

and don't forget what you read...



Last Edited by CalmB4theLight on 05/29/2011 03:16 PM
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...

Game over potheads, that means you.

You will not be allowed to walk into a 'coffee shop' in Holland and buy and smoke marijhuana freely by 2012 as the dutch government is about to ban sale of drugs to tourists.

Only Dutch nationals will be able to continue consuming



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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
meh hollands lame.. mel beach has the best kush
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...

Game over potheads, that means you.

You will not be allowed to walk into a 'coffee shop' in Holland and buy and smoke marijhuana freely by 2012 as the dutch government is about to ban sale of drugs to tourists.

Only Dutch nationals will be able to continue consuming



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 Quoting: CalmB4theLight


Say goodbye to your Economy
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
One step forward & three steps back.....
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05/29/2011 03:47 PM
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
pfff there's weed everywhere here, they throw it at your face, no worry's
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
Unless you're a registered local, you could be jailed, which aint fair, also the ones who do live there will also be labelled for future actions.

Either way, availability of drugs legally is about to go belly up...

Last Edited by CalmB4theLight on 05/29/2011 04:27 PM
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Bullshitt
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chuckle
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
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All this will accomplish is now locals will buy from the coffee shops and resell the cannabis to tourists. And create a new lucrative black market.

You can not stop the free market.
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
Apart from blaming it on the recently appointed leader of could the reasons cited below also be what is driving the decision?

Dutch coffee shops are a popular tourist destination, especially with visitors from neighboring France, Germany, Belgium, and other countries with more repressive approaches to pot. But some border towns have already moved to bar foreigners, citing traffic, congestion, and public order problems.

...On Wednesday, Dutch Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten told NOS radio the governing coalition had agreed to limit marijuana sales to Dutch residents in order to curb crime linked to marijuana production and sales. "No tourist attractions," said Opstelten. "We don't like that.

...But it is not "drug tourism" that creates crime around pot cultivation and distribution. Instead, it is Holland's half-baked approach to tolerating marijuana. The Dutch government allows for legal retail marijuana sales, but does not allow for a legal method of growing marijuana to supply the coffee shops. That leaves the door open for criminals to get involved in the trade.

While some border towns have already acted to bar foreigners, there is less enthusiasm for a ban in Amsterdam, home to some 223 coffee shops. The municipal government there said it was studying the government proposal. "We are taking the current practice as a starting point. It is not perfect but in many ways we have a functioning coffee shop system," an Amsterdam city spokesman said.
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For the full article...

[link to www.alternet.org]

so if drug tourism isn't to blame for the criminal element and it is down to the growth of the commodity, then why doesn't the government license cultivation of it like in the USA?

Also, will there also be a crack down on the Red Light District and the resultant international tourism it attracts?

Last Edited by CalmB4theLight on 05/29/2011 04:58 PM
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
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Yeah, seriously. What the hell are they thinking?
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1405688


Yeah, seriously. What the hell are they thinking?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 582348


I spend over 5000gbp a year on trips to Amsterdam for pot.

Not for much longer it seems.


I expect the rule if it ever come's in to be bent and ignored in many places.

Rather like the 5 gram rule.
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1405688


Yeah, seriously. What the hell are they thinking?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 582348


I spend over 5000gbp a year on trips to Amsterdam for pot.

Not for much longer it seems.


I expect the rule if it ever come's in to be bent and ignored in many places.

Rather like the 5 gram rule.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1133017


I have always said they should turn Dublin into the English speaking Amsterdam, pot wise. It would be a friggin gold mine and an excellent tax take for a struggling economy. We would get British and American Pot Tourists flocking here because the culture and language are the same. IMO...
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BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1405688


I second that.

And hey there's always Portugal.
Wouldn't it be great to heal the world, with only a song?
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
i can always get my favorite drug from holland , heineken dark best brew in da world.
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1405688


Yeah, seriously. What the hell are they thinking?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 582348


I spend over 5000gbp a year on trips to Amsterdam for pot.

Not for much longer it seems.


I expect the rule if it ever come's in to be bent and ignored in many places.

Rather like the 5 gram rule.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1133017


I don't even smoke pot, but losing customers like you just seems asinine. I would imagine there are many others in the exact same boat. I just support freedoms and economic development.

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Thats tha sound of Amsterdams tourist industry imploding ... ohyeah
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1405688


Yeah, seriously. What the hell are they thinking?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 582348


I spend over 5000gbp a year on trips to Amsterdam for pot.

Not for much longer it seems.


I expect the rule if it ever come's in to be bent and ignored in many places.

Rather like the 5 gram rule.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1133017


I have always said they should turn Dublin into the English speaking Amsterdam, pot wise. It would be a friggin gold mine and an excellent tax take for a struggling economy. We would get British and American Pot Tourists flocking here because the culture and language are the same. IMO...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1405688


It would be a very smart move, filling this vacuum.
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
So in reality, Holland is simply getting rid of all its tourists. I mean, WTF do people show up to Amsterdam for, wooden shoes, dirty ass streets and a tour of Ann Frank's house? LOL.
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Damn Dutch!
First they ban kiddie porn.
Now drugs.
What next? Hookers?
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So in reality, Holland is simply getting rid of all its tourists. I mean, WTF do people show up to Amsterdam for, wooden shoes, dirty ass streets and a tour of Ann Frank's house? LOL.
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It might be the canals...cruise
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05/29/2011 07:19 PM
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LOL there is now absolutely no reason to ever go to Holland
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Damn Dutch!
First they ban kiddie porn.
Now drugs.
What next? Hookers?
 Quoting: Wookiee666


And you don't agree with that?
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LOL there is now absolutely no reason to ever go to Holland
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yep. They will scrap the law once they see tourism drop 70%
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
I'm sure cheese and Rembrandt museums will continue to keep the economy afloat
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
I always connect in Amsterdam even if it costs more, I guess I won't be doing that anymore.
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
Another angle on why Dutch authorities have decided on this what can only be described as devastating news to Harry Pothead and especially Neil form The Young Ones (see vid)

We recall that the sale of soft drugs in a limited volume was legalized in Holland in the early 1970's. However, in the last 15 years, the situation around the marijuana trade has become out of control of the authorities. As a result of comprehensive study conducted by a special commission, the authorities were encouraged to review policies on soft drugs.

All three parties, which the government of the Netherlands is formed of, also agree that it is necessary to prohibit the sale of drugs from cannabis to foreign tourists.


source:

[link to www.travelvivi.com]



Last Edited by CalmB4theLight on 05/29/2011 07:37 PM
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...
it hurts the coffee shops. Without some sort of ban on marijuana (which I think is stupid), people going there won't have any problem getting as much as they want. Same thing is happening in Vancouver, British Columbia.
^^ gravity is a harsh reality. ^^
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Re: Holland to ban all drugs for tourists...

 Quoting: CalmB4theLight


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