Groningen curbs cannabis coffeeshops

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The northern town of Groningen has decided to put a temporary stop on new coffeeshops selling cannabis.

The municipality also decided that, for the time being, a coffeeshop which closes will not be replaced by a new one. The move comes as a nationwide “weed pass” is to be introduced in 2013. The pass, which only Dutch residents will be able to obtain, will be required to buy soft drugs in the coffeeshops. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel says it is doubtful the town will then still need the 14 coffeeshops it has now. The introduction of the weed pass is meeting with widespread resistance, both among users and sellers.

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