43 Amsterdam coffee-shops to close
The coffee-shops have to go because they are too close to secondary schools in the Dutch capital.21 November 2008
AMSTERDAM – Forty-three coffee-shops in Amsterdam will have to shut down because of their close proximity to secondary schools.
The owners will receive a letter from the council on Friday informing them they must close their shops before the end of 2011.
Local council rules state that coffee-shops selling cannabis must be at least 250 metres away from the nearest school.
A cannabis summit is held in Almere on Friday where representatives of dozens of local councils will discuss soft drugs policy and the problems with drug tourism.
A number of Belgian mayors from the border region are upset because they have not been invited to attend the summit.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]