Amsterdam introduces targeted cannabis ban
23 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — A majority on Amsterdam Council agreed the introduction of a ban on cannabis use in specific areas of the city on Thursday.
23 December 2005
AMSTERDAM — A majority on Amsterdam Council agreed the introduction of a ban on cannabis use in specific areas of the city on Thursday.
The ban will be applied to areas where young people who smoke soft drugs in public are said to cause a lot of problems. Mayor Job Cohen will have the power to authorise a ban on the use of soft drugs in specific squares and streets for 12 months.
If the ban is judged to be a success, the municipality will continue to operate the new power.
Labour (PvdA), the largest party in Amsterdam, is against the ban. The party believes it will be impossible to enforce and that there is no clear link between soft drugs and anti-social behaviour. But the party agreed to the 12-month trial period on Thursday.
The soft drug ban is an idea from the Baarsjes district of the city, where there are ongoing complains about young people hanging around the coffeeshops on Mercatorplein. They are accused of harassing locals, urinating in doorways and vandalising property.
A study by police identified 20 areas in the city will similar problems.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news