Dutch mayors say no to weed pass

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The controversial “weed pass” was introduced in the south of the Netherlands last May. Designed to stop drugs tourism, the new regulations mean only Dutch residents coffee shops in the region have become closed clubs that only admit Dutch residents. They have to present their ID and register to purchase weed.

But the introduction of the pass has meant an increase in street dealers and people selling weed in private houses, these “black market”suppliers are patronised both by foreigners and Dutch residents who don’t want to officially register with a coffee shop. The regulation is due to take effect in the rest of the Netherlands at the beginning of 2013, and the mayors of many Dutch cities and towns are urging the government to reconsider.

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