16 Nov '11, 6am

Netherlands to ban tourists from pot-cafes

AMSTERDAM - Tourists looking for a hit in Southern Netherlands will be severely disappointed come 2012. The move is to spare the locals from the nuisance that comes with drug tourism, said the Justice ministry yesterday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been lobbying for a 'cannabis card' reserved for locals since last year. The card has to be produced when visiting the country's 670 licensed coffee shops, said NYDailyNews.com. Under the policy, pot-selling shops will become members-only clubs restricted to Dutch residents over the age of 18. The policy will take effect from January 2012 in the southern border provinces of Limburg, North-Brabant and Zeeland, and scheduled to extend nationwide - including Amsterdam - by 2013, said USA TODAY. The Daily Telegraph says the move will cost the city about US$41 million (S$53 million) a year in revenue, the equivalent loss of 345 ful...

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