No More Pot in Amsterdam?
The European Court of Justice has to decide whether to ban Dutch coffee shops from selling pot to tourists.
If you haven’t been to the Netherlands, you’d better book a trip soon in order to enjoy all the great country has to offer before it’s too late. The famous Dutch coffee shops may soon be banned from selling their most popular product, marijuana, to tourists.
The Dutch government says it’s feeling the pressure from surrounding countries to ban marijuana sales in the popular coffee shops to tourists, so that only Dutch citizens would be allowed to smoke. But coffee shop owners (and probably a large number of tourists) don’t want this to happen. They argue that banning the sale of pot to non-citizens is a direct violation of the European Union’s free trade laws, which “guarantee a free, unified market of goods and services among its members,” according to Spiegel Online.
This case has been turned over to the European Court of Justice, who will make the final decision as to whether marijuana – which is decriminalized but not completely legal in the Netherlands – should be included in the EU’s free trade agreements. This decision will affect whether or not tourists will be able to smoke pot in Amsterdam and all of the Netherlands’ adored coffee shops. We’re just happy this wasn’t a problem when we were there! (Spiegel Online)