• Amsterdam to Stop Selling Pot to Tourists

    Oh, man! Terrible, terrible news. The entire city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has completely vanished into thin air. It's gone! Totally gone! Where there once was a beautiful bustling European city, there is now just a big empty hole full of nothing.

    Or, well, there might as well be

    The Dutch government on Friday said it would start banning tourists from buying cannabis from "coffee shops" and impose restrictions on Dutch customers by the end of the year.

    The Netherlands is well known for having one of Europe's most liberal soft drug policies that has made its cannabis shops a popular tourist attraction, particularly in Amsterdam.

    Backed by the far-right party of anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders, the coalition government that came into power last year announced plans to curb drug tourism as part of a nationwide programme to promote health and fight crime.

    This makes no sense to me. It'd be like Las Vegas making it illegal for non-residents to gamble. Or for New York to ban non-New Yorkers from buying $150 Broadway tickets. Or for Bogota to make it illegal for non-Colombians to get kidnapped. It's the whole reason to go there.

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    Tags: Drugs, Marijuana, Netherlands


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