Dutch ‘weed pass’ law driving Cannabis trade underground

08/10/2012

in Cannabis,Global Policy News,Policy

Dutch ‘weed pass’ law driving Cannabis trade underground

 

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by Justin Stares

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By driving the soft drugs trade underground, the Dutch town of Maastricht has triggered a crime wave. PublicServiceEurope.com analyses the effects of the controversial ‘weed pass’ law

Maastricht – formerly a mecca for drug tourists from across western Europe – has called for police reinforcements to handle “aggressive” street pushers, who have taken over almost all trade in marijuana and cannabis since authorities introduced tighter controls on legal outlets. The Dutch town’s Mayor Onno Hoes wants to double the number of dedicated police officers in order to control the black market, which has benefited from the region’s draconian “weed pass” law.

Hoes also wants one of the key elements of the weed pass system dropped – the requirement that all soft drug consumers become registered members of ‘coffee shop clubs’ – after finding that the vast majority of consumers refused to apply. Separate rules requiring joint smokers to prove they are local residents are set to stay, however. The weed pass came into effect in Maastricht, a border town close to both Belgium and Germany, on May 1. It killed off an international trade that had thrived for decades.

Read more: http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/2558/dutch-weed-pass-law-driving-cannabis-trade-underground#ixzz28ih9rmMP

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