Dutch border towns to close coffee-shops

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Two Dutch towns say they will close their cannabis smoking coffee-shops to ward off 25,000 French and Belgian 'drug tourists'.

24 October 2008

THE HAGUE - Two Dutch towns said Thursday they planned to close their cannabis smoking coffee-shops after admitting that an influx of up to 25,000 French and Belgian "drug tourists" each week had become too much.

Local authorities in southwestern Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Doom announced they could no longer cope with the "drug tourists" whose presence they blamed for traffic congestion, crime and unlicensed dealing.

"Soft drug tourism is the motor of criminality linked to (harder) drugs," they said in a joint statement. "It has an overwhelming negative effect on public order."

All eight coffee-shops in the two towns will shut, with closures beginning in February 2009.

"The mayor of Roosendaal thinks we could close them all within two years," town hall spokeswoman Marjolein Koppens told AFP.

Until then, all local coffee-shops will be forced to limit the sale of cannabis to two grammes per customer per day instead of the current five grammes.

Liberal drugs laws in the Netherlands allow people to carry five grammes of marijuana on their person without being prosecuted.

Another border town, Terneuzen, announced Wednesday it would toughen its local by-laws on the sale of cannabis from May 2009. Opening hours would be restricted and the amount each customer could buy would also be reduced.

[AFP / Expatica]

2 Comments To This Article

  • toy van nooijen posted:

    on 5th August 2009, 23:13:49 - Reply

    you removed my reply off rising THC-levels
    maar mijn advocaat heeft wel het bericht ontvangen
    dit is geen eerlijke gegevensverspreiding

  • toy van nooijen posted:

    on 21st July 2009, 13:25:31 - Reply

    the name Bergen op Doom you mention in this article should be Bergen op Zoom