Amsterdam’s pot shops saved after new Dutch government scraps ‘weed pass’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 13:25 EDT
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The Dutch city of Amsterdam, a famous hotspot for marijuana tourism, won’t be forced to stop selling weed to tourists any time soon thanks to a pact between the country’s liberal and labor parties, which came together this week to form a new coalition government.

Under the new arrangement, the so-called “weed pass” implemented by the last government will be scrapped, although the drug will still be considered off limits to tourists. However, the incoming government said that individual cities will have the leeway to decide whether to enforce the law or not.

Both center-left parties said they opposed the weed pass, which was approved by lawmakers in 2011 and given legal clearance by a judge in April, set to take effect in Amsterdam next year.

Amsterdam voters are largely against the weed pass, meaning the city is not likely to enforce the law.

Marijuana is technically illegal in Holland, but individuals cannot be prosecuted for possessing small amounts.

Photo: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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