Minister allows a little leeway on weed pass
Justice and security Minister Ivo Opstelten says municipalities that are not ready to implement the weed pass in January can postpone its introduction.
But he added that postponing it for a year - as the city of Maastricht has proposed - is unacceptable. The minister made his comments in a debate in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday. Next year, coffee shops in the provinces of Zeeland, North Brabant and Limburg will become members-only clubs and membership will only be open to Dutch nationals. The government plans call for coffee shops to be allowed to issue a maximum of 1500 weed passes.
The plans are intended to reduce the number of incidents involving foreigners buying in soft drugs in coffee shops in Dutch border towns. Supporters of the plan believe the weed pass will stop foreigners from crossing the border and causing trouble in the Netherlands but opponents say the dealers will take to the streets.
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