EU Court: Dutch-only coffeeshops not illegal
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has ruled that Maastricht's plan to bar foreigners from coffeeshops does not violate European Union law.
The southern Dutch city of Maastricht is fed up with the cross-border drug tourism its coffeeshops generate. It plans to turn them into private clubs which only Dutch residents can join.
The coffeeshop owners are understandably opposed, but the court has ruled that the change of status is acceptable in order to maintain law and order.
The case was referred to the European Court of Justice by the Dutch Supreme Court following a complaint from a coffeeshop owner whose business was temporarily closed down.
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