Marijuana tourism ban in Amsterdam?
Marijuana sold at a coffee shop in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
The Dutch government’s plan to ban pot tourism in the southern Netherlands will no longer take effect on New Year’s Day. According to the justice ministry, the proposed legislation has been postponed and will now take effect in May 2012.
The government is seeking to amend the current law to prevent “coffee shops” from selling cannabis to foreigners by implementing the use of a “wietpas”, or weed pass, for which only residents would be eligible. The weed pass is expected to be introduced into the southern provinces of Limburg, North Brabant and Zeeland on 1 May, and then to the rest of the country in 2013.