Parties cool on drug ban

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24 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Most of the political parties in Amsterdam are not keen on a proposal to ban soft drugs in trouble spots in the city.

24 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Most of the political parties in Amsterdam are not keen on a proposal to ban soft drugs in trouble spots in the city.

Only the Amsterdam sections of the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the Liberals (VVD), and local party 'Mokum Mobiel' support the proposal put forward by the executive committee of the council.

Under the proposal, a ban would be introduced in specific areas where young people who hang around smoking drugs are accused of causing problems.

During a meeting of the Council's public order committee on Thursday, Labour's Frank de Wolf said his party had a lot of difficulty with the motion. "The link between soft drugs and anti-social behaviour is unclear," he said. Labour (PvdA) is the biggest party on the city council in Amsterdam.

Councillor Jupijn Haffmans of the Amsterdam Anders/De Groenen party was not enthusiastic about the idea either. "I think you just get drowsy from smoking dope."

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Subject: Dutch news

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