Coffeeshops - ban on foreigners costing millions

2nd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A ban on selling cannabis to certain foreigners in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht is costing the local economy 30 million euros a year.

Regional newspaper reports that the reduction in turnover is equivalent to a loss of 345 full-time jobs. The paper’s report is based on research commissioned by the Association of Licensed Maastricht Coffeeshops VOCM.

As from 1 October this year the city’s coffeeshops have only be allowed to serve Dutch, Belgian and German customers.

The measure is intended to reduce traffic near the coffeeshops and the numbers of - other - foreign customers who often congrerate near them. However, VOCM chairman Marc Josemans says these problems have in fact increased as a result of the ban.

Maastricht Mayor Onno Hoes has said he needs more time to respond to the research.

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