Weed pass: bad news for street dealer

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Since the beginning of May, people who want to buy soft drugs in coffeeshops have to have a "weed pass". Only Dutch residents with a special card are able to purchase marijuana and hashish. Coffeeshops are barred from selling to foreign tourists.

When the weed pass was introduced, Dutch television visited the southern city of Maastricht to see what type of problems the weed pass was creating. It interviewed Abdulluh, a young Dutchman of Moroccan origin, who said he would fill the gap created by the weed pass and sell soft drugs illegally to anyone who wanted to buy them. He predicted that he would make a fortune.

A month later, Dutch TV returned to find out how things are going with Abdulluh.