Dutch authorities intend to deal with increasing number of narcotic tourists. According to CNN, the government intends to restrict access of foreigners to the world-famous coffee shops.
Under the new act, which is now undergoing the final stages of approval, coffee shops in Amsterdam and other cities will be available only for the Dutch. It will be converted into private clubs, which will be available only Dutch nationals, who are over 18 years. Club membership will be offered for one year. Each coffee shop will have a limited number of participants.
New rules for coffee shops got the name «Weeds pass».
Such drastic measures are taken in Holland to cope with the continued growth of narcotic tourism and also growth of illegal drug trafficking under in the coffee shops.
The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands hopes to reduce the criminal level by these measures. To date near the borders with Belgium and Germany there are dozens of illegal groups, which organize marijuana trafficking in the EU.
Dutch authorities intend to introduce new rules in the southern part of the country already this year. Until 2012 new rules will be adopted in all coffee shops.
It is worth noting that new measures are not fully supported by the Dutch. One of the most ardent opponents of the «Weeds pass» today is the mayor of Amsterdam. And it is logical as the capital of the Netherlands will lose a substantial part of its budget, which Amsterdam fills at the expanse of "weed" amateurs from around the world. In this case the mayor insists on illegitimacy of the new law, because it discriminates against the rights of foreigners.
To date, according to the Chamber of Tourism of Amsterdam, one in five tourists coming to vacation in Holland visits coffee shops.