“Don’t move hash cafes away from border”

6th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Moving hash cafes away from the border areas will cause more nuisance in city centres. Mayor Hubert Bruls (CDA) of the city of Venlo said this on Monday in response to plans from the new government to reduce the number of hash cafes in the border regions.

6 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Moving hash cafes away from the border areas will cause more nuisance in city centres. Mayor Hubert Bruls (CDA) of the city of Venlo said this on Monday in response to plans from the new government to reduce the number of hash cafes in the border regions.

Venlo moved two hash cafes out of the city centre towards the German border a year ago. The amount of nuisance caused in the city centre has decreased significantly.

“Closing the border cafes is not the right solution, all you do is shift the problem once again,” Bruls said via a spokesperson.

The plan would only succeed if the government were to make solid agreements with the German government and police about reducing the influx of German drugs tourists, Bruls said. Eighty percent of the hash café patrons in Venlo come from Germany.

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Subject: Dutch news

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