Nine percent of coffeeshops too close to schools

5th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

In 2010, 58 cannabis-selling coffeeshops in the Netherlands were located within 350 metres of a school for secondary education. This amounts to 9 percent of all coffeeshops, one third of which were located in Amsterdam.

These figures were published by the Netherlands Statistics, the Dutch statistics office. The coalition agreement states that coffeeshops must be at least 350 metres away from the nearest school.

In a reaction Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt said that the 58 coffeeshops still located within that radius “would have to move.” She said schools and coffeeshops make a bad combination. "This cabinet does not want students’ their educational careers to go up in smoke.”

The Netherlands had a total of 650 coffeeshops in 2010. The majority of which were located in the provinces of North Holland and South Holland. The provinces of Flevoland, Zeeland and Drenthe were home to less than three percent of all coffeeshops, and also had the lowest number of coffeeshops per 100,000 inhabitants.

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