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Before Covid lockdowns, the euphemistically-called coffee shops, along with the renowned red-light district, attracted more than one million visitors a month — more than its permanent population. A total of 46 million people visited the Netherlands inwith most coming to Amsterdam and many buying and smoking cannabis at the marijuana shops.
Pedestrians passing coffee shops in the city center on January 8, the day the mayor proposed banning The business community, particularly in the city center, has ed them, although in the past it opposed any drastic controls. A salesperson in a coffeeshop in Amsterdam. Face masks are compulsory in marijuana shops as in all Photo by Pierre Crom. Instead, she wants to return the city to its international renown as one of the most beautiful in the world with multiple other first-class attractions. The shops have been allowed to remain open during the COVID pandemic, but customers have to take their purchases outside.
The demand for cannabis has kept growing year after year, despite official efforts to promote other tourist activities and to control the s of hotels and Airbnb rentals, with "cannabis tourists" being a nuisance particularly around the city center.
Amsterdam wants to reduce the flow of visitors and improve the quality of life for residents. The intolerable masses of budget tourism have exploded over the years as cheaper flights made it a popular weekend destination. Since the s, the Dutch government has tolerated these establishments Trade for 420 friendly Amsterdam in particular has promoted cannabis culture with other activities such as hosting the Cannabis Cup festival for decades.
The new plan presented to the Amsterdam City Council last week is aimed at tackling the flow of hard drugs and organized crime linked to the marijuana trade. Of the coffee shops d in Amsterdam, 68 would be enough to support local demand according to the new plan, the official study indicates.
In a contradictory model, despite the legality of coffeeshops, the production of cannabis and its supply has always been illegal in The Netherlands at the same time that possession of fewer than five grams 0. Studies have shown that tourism would decline sharply if foreigners are banned from the coffee shops. I'm a dual Colombian-Luxembourgish freelance journalist, inveterate traveler and writer based in the world's only Grand Duchy. I write a column on European affairs for. I write a column on European affairs for the editorial of El Tiempo, Colombia's main newspaper.
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