Amsterdam protest against 'weed pass'

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Thousands of cannabis users, sellers and other interested parties are reported to have taken part in a protest in Amsterdam against government plans to limit the sale of hashish and marijuana in the Netherlands. The organisers of the annual Cannabis Liberation Day said the demonstration took place in the city’s West Park.

As the law stands in most of the country at present, ‘coffeeshops’ are allowed to sell small amounts of cannabis products. New legislation is about to be introduced forcing these outlets to become members-only clubs. Only Dutch residents will be allowed to join.

The protesters, calling themselves cannabistas, want the government to scrap the new ‘weed pass’ law, which has already been introduced in the south of the Netherlands. There, argue the demonstrators, the change has led to empty coffeeshops, while the trade in soft drugs has moved onto the streets and into illegality.

Watch a video about the changes to the Dutch cannabis rules

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