Dutch Government may close 6 out of every 10 'coffee shops'

5th January 2011, Comments 0 comments


A survey carried out by newspaper NRC Handelsblad shows that in towns with many cannabis-selling 'coffee shops' 6 out of 10 of these establishments will be closed if the government carries out its intention of closing all coffee shops located within 350 meters of a school.

The newspaper conducted its survey in the 14 Dutch municipalities which have ten or more coffee shops. Together, these 14 towns have 442 of the more than 660 Dutch coffee shops within their town limits. On the basis of the new cabinet's soft drug policy, 57.9 percent of these cannabis-selling coffee shops would have to be closed. In Amsterdam alone 187 of the current 223 coffee shops would have to close their doors.

In its survey, NRC Handelsblad used a walking distance of 350 metres as the basis for its calculations. However, if the cabinet were to use a distance of 350 metres in a straight line as the basis for its calculations, the number of coffee shops facing closure would be even higher.


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