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No More Marijuana For Tourists In Amsterdam Post-Coronavirus

forbes.com January 10, 2021

No More Marijuana For Tourists In Amsterdam Post-Coronavirus

"Cannabis tourism" may be coming to an end in Amsterdam if the environmentalist mayor Femke Halsema gets her wish to ban foreign tourists from the city's coffee shops by the time coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted.

It's no secret that the city's first female mayor, along with many locals, simply has had enough of "the power of attraction of Amsterdam as a holiday resort for soft drug tourism," as Halsema wrote in a recent letter to her city council, included in her new plan expected to be passed that would permit marijuana product sales only to Dutch nationals and residents of the Netherlands.

Before Covid-19 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 in 2019, with most coming to Amsterdam and many buying and smoking cannabis at the marijuana...


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