No weed pass in Amsterdam

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No weed pass in Amsterdam

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nol wrote:PRESS RELEASE
Recent press reports have suggested that a ‘weed pass’ is about to be
introduced in Amsterdam that would prohibit tourists from visiting coffeeshops. This
news release is intended to provide the full information on this situation and to
rectify these erroneous reports.
NO WEED PASS IN AMSTERDAM
The concept of a ‘weed pass’ that would restrict tourists from visiting coffeehsops
in the Netherlands has been on the table for some time. Reports that such a pass
will be applied in Amsterdam are, however, completely without foundation. The Mayor
and Council of Amsterdam are radically opposed to such a scheme and it will not be
implemented in the city. For over thirty years coffeeshops in Amsterdam have
provided a safe and controlled environment for consumption of soft drugs. This will
remain so in the future. The wide choice of coffeeshops available to tourists means
that they will have no need buy their cannabis on the street. Thus the coffeeshops
are fulfilling exactly the function for which they were established.
Put forward by the Dutch Justice Minister, Ivo Opstelten, the ‘weed pass’ is still
at proposal stage and will not even be discussed by the Dutch Parliament until 2012.
What is more the Supreme Court equivalent in the Netherlands, the Council of State,
has ruled that discrimination against tourists is outside of the law unless those
tourists are responsible for more public disorder than residents. Within its ruling
the Council of State made an exception under which, in cases of severe public
disturbance, mayors may discriminate against nonresidents provided they can be
proved to be responsible. Since coffeeshops are notorious for their peaceful and
non-violent ambiance -- no coffeeshop has ever been charged under a public order act
-- such an exception is somewhat academic.
The ‘weed pass’ proposal was originally formulated in response to cross-border
criminal buyers of large quantities of cannabis and large numbers of tourist buyers
in the most southerly Limburg province of the Netherlands, notably in the town of
Maastricht. The proposal was intended for implementation in Maastricht and other
towns in Limburg and never for implementation nationally.

Cannabis Retailers Association,
Amsterdam, July 15 - 2011

For further information, please contact: Michael Veling - Spokesman at +31-653780683
or Maurice Veldman - lawyer at +31-654947384


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Boner wrote:
nol wrote:PRESS RELEASE ... NO WEED PASS IN AMSTERDAM
thanks boner for passing on this message from nol
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Now if only the state would issue such a definite opinion. Still, nice to read.
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Good to read. Thanks Boner.
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As nice as that is to read, it's not exactly a neutral opinion, it's the retailer's POV.
On saying that, I've always felt that the weed pass won't happen in Amsterdam, if at all.
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certainly some of the better news i've read lately.
educating myself and waiting for the next trip.
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Thanks Boner.


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Old Timer wrote:As nice as that is to read, it's not exactly a neutral opinion, it's the retailer's POV.
On saying that, I've always felt that the weed pass won't happen in Amsterdam, if at all.

Is it their point of view though ? Or information that's been relayed to them (considering they are an official body) by someone from Government/State ?
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Thanks, now I can plan my trip to Amsterdam knowing the coffeeshops will be be open for Us !
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I had booked while everyones heads were going, I had a wee bit of fear but deep down knew that Amsterdam would weather this threat.
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I just booked a trip for late March and early April 2012 so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I love the architecture, history, culture and people of Amsterdam but the coffee shops and Red Light District are what I enjoy the most.
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Best.
News.
Ever.

or at least recently.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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awesome news to hear.... thanks boner... how are ya dude?
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dconstrukt wrote:awesome news to hear.... thanks boner... how are ya dude?
Yeah good thanks what about yourself? did you ever upload that rld footage you shot? would love to see it.
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doing good... getting readjusted to the states again... missing the dam.... life is so much simpler there.

jeez... people here in the states (miami) are fucking miserable!

they whine and bitch about everything.... its no wonder europeans hate most americans. lol

shit i didnt.... cat i think asked me not to since she was in it.... i'll ask her again.
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