Coffeeshops - 'foreigners' ban costing millions
Maastricht's ban on selling cannabis to people from certain countries is costing the local economy 30 million euros a year, research shows.
As from 1 October this year, the southern Dutch city’s 'coffeeshops' have only been allowed to serve Dutch, Belgian and German customers.
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.
The ban is intended to reduce traffic and the numbers of customers congregating near the coffeeshops. However, VOCM chairman Marc Josemans says the 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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