Friday, April 27, 2012
So the Dutch are putting restrictions back on marijuana. I am tending towards decriminalizing marijuana, but the experience of the Netherlands does give me pause. Dutch court upholds ban on tourist trade in cannabis By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A controversial law that will make it harder for foreign tourists to buy cannabis at the Netherlands' famous coffee shops has been upheld by a Dutch court. The law, which reverses 40 years of liberal drugs policy in the Netherlands, is targeted at the many foreigners who have come to see the country as a soft drugs paradise and to tackle a rise in crime related to the drug trade. The law, which goes into force in three southern provinces on May 1 before going nationwide next year, means coffee shops can only sell cannabis to registered members.