Marijuana has been legal in Holland for years. The result? Fewer young Dutch smoke pot. Surveys of Dutch kids show that they think marijuana is dumb, and they’re probably right.
But because Holland is the only place in Europe where marijuana is sold freely, rude and rowdy marijuana tourists from all over Europe converge on Holland, bringing with them traffic, noise and crime. The Dutch are fed up, particularly its right-wing government. So sales of marijuana to foreigners is now banned.
The ban starts next week in provinces which border Belgium and Germany, where most of the tourist-related problems have occurred. But on January 1, 2013, the ban goes nationwide, including the marijuana capital of the world, Amsterdam.
Dutch toleration for marijuana has ended, at least for anyone not Dutch.
Categories: Marijuana Laws