For the past two years, there has been a lot of discussion over the politics of marijuana in the Netherlands. Politicians and lawmakers have been looking to pull back some of the laws pertaining to marijuana decriminalization. In particular, they’re looking to prevent foreigners for buying marijuana in the Netherlands. This is partially to prevent the trafficking of marijuana to neighboring countries, like Belgium and Germany.
In 2011, the Netherlands voted to implement a law which limited the number of marijuana cafe’s in school zones, citing a decline in high-school graduation rates. This latest news, is just another step in the saga to repeal marijuana decriminalization in the Netherlands.
The new law, would require that cannabis cafes become “members only” clubs with a maximum of 2,000 members, carrying a valid pass.
Marijuana advocates feel that these laws are the first move in restricting use by Dutch nationals, and not only tourists. “We understand that this topic is something that’s of interest to tourists, but it’s equally important to our Dutch customers, which is most of them.”
A number of advocates have been active at the Hague, trying to prevent these laws from coming about, or at the least establishing a compromise, that is not so unilateral.
The fact of the matter is that the Netherlands progressive laws have made Amsterdam and the country as a whole a haven for much of the worlds marijuana users. For many advocates in North America, the Netherlands has been a model for what drug decriminalization could look like.
The downside, prostitution is also legal there, so by obvious correlation, marijuana users love sex trafficking and prostitutes. The law is set to come in to play in May of 2012, and should be nationwide by 2013. We’ll keep a close eye on how this all plays out in the marijuana capital of the world, Amsterdam.
About Chad Morgan
As the founder of Herbisto.com, I am an advocate and political activist for the decriminalization of marijuana, and the legalization of medical marijuana.
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