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Possible change in Coffeshops in the Netherlands

Possible change in Coffeshops in the Netherlands

Oct 1st, 2010, 10:46 AM
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But not even in Amsterdam? where the soft drug tourist brings in beaucoups dollars?

I am surprised to hear what you say because it seems when something has been 'legal' so long - over 30 years now and for locals at least no real problem - would they go quietly

I see all types of folks in non-foreign tourist coffeeshops like in Haarlem - kind of like a British pub - a kind of social center for all ages - not just younger folk really.

If you've gone down to your 'local' coffeeshop (or pub in England) and then it is made illegal you would not protest

In a former incarnation i leg group trips thru Holland - the Holland that is yes way way different than Amsterdam so i know how parochial some parts are compared to say Amsterdam.

anyway I enjoy discussing this and getting your inputs, which do no doubt reflect the general mood in the country - so it seems coffeeshops may shut without a wimper and IMO that is turning back the clock - what i thught was a vanguard of intellectual advancement or enlightenment may meet a new dark age?

Tant pis and personally I could not care too much - I will always go to Amsterdam and if i want i am sure find cannabis that I am sure of as i have contacts, etc. But it will be a shock when the last coffeeshop closes its doors.

And Oaksterdam in California will be more Amsterdam in this regard than Amsterdam itself - or Vancoucer in Canada. The Dutch will be less tolerant, etc.

Anways thanks for this info and your inside info!

Tot Ziens!
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Oct 1st, 2010, 02:58 PM
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I would not not worry that much about the coffeeshops but the shameful development that a conservative party goes into bed with far-right nationalist xenophobics. Same as in Flanders, same as in Sweden (the parties of the latter at least have the dignity to not form a coalition with the extremists).
I'd rather legalize dope and ban the extremists than vice versa.
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Oct 1st, 2010, 07:40 PM
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The burqa has nothing to do with Islam. Most predominately Muslim nations do not require it. Saudi Arabia has a strict rule requiring it, but on a flight from Jeddah to London years ago I saw the women throwing those burqas off within ten minutes of take-off. That revealed some mighty fine Paris fashions on some beautiful ladies.

I don't smoke weed but I love Amsterdam. It is probably the liveliest city in Europe, but that has nothing to do with the minority of pot head tourists. IMO it would be a mistake to shutter the weed houses and go back to street drugs and the puffing creeps sitting on the steps of the national monument at the Dam as they did in the 1970s. If Holland outlaws *coffie shops* then the government must take decisive action against public flaunting of the drug laws, whatever they may be. Weed will never go away. I think it should be controlled and taxed like alcohol. Maybe California will show us the way next month. The laws against weed are as stupid and as destructive as Prohibition.
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