The intention of the authorities is to counteract the inconvenience for the residents of the traditional “coffeeshops”.
It will no longer be possible to hang out and take drugs in the premises as there are no tables or chairs at the points of sale. The car can only be parked there for 10 minutes.
As the daily “Trouw” reminds, people in Amsterdam complain about the proximity of premises where you can take soft drugs. It is not only about noise and crowds, but also hard drug dealers who often look for customers near coffee shops.
The capital’s mayor, Femka Halsema, wants to go even further and ban the sale of hashish and marijuana to foreign customers to end drug tourism.
According to research agency Breuer & Intraval, three of the 19 million tourists who visited Amsterdam in 2018 bought or consumed drugs in coffee shops.