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Dutch govt axes planned ban on tourists buying cannabis in coffee shops

London, Nov 2 (ANI): The Dutch government has decided to axe a planned ban preventing tourists from buying cannabis in coffee shops.

The government had intended to issue “weed passes”, meaning that only Dutch residents could buy cannabis from January 1.

But now lawmakers have ruled each city can decide its own legislation on the sale of marijuana and hashish.

The Daily Mirror quoted Amsterdam’s Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, as saying ‘enforcing the law in his city would not work.’

“It’s not like tourists are going to say, ‘OK, there’s no cannabis here any more,” he said,

“They’re going to try to find it on the streets, leading to a larger black market, more disputes with dealers, no control over its quality,” he added.

According to the report, the Netherlands has about 750 coffee shops, 220 are in the capital. (ANI)

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