Dutch Ban on Pot Tourists Still Imminent | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Dutch Ban on Pot Tourists Still Imminent

But "coffee shop" owners plan to fight back against legislation they say will destroy their livelihoods.


Members only. Photo via

By Chrisanne Grise


| Share

All those tourists getting high in Amsterdam are an endangered species: a judge in the Netherlands has upheld a new law banning foreigners from entering any of the country’s 700 cannabis cafés, or "coffee shops," in light of concerns that pot tourists are spoiling neighborhoods or purchasing marijuana to sell in neighboring countries. The ban is now scheduled to come into force in three southern provinces next month, and should cover the entire country by the end of the year. But coffee shop owners are already planning to fight back with a new appeal, possibly even taking it to the European Court of Human Rights. Under the new law, coffee shops would become members-only establishments: only Dutch residents with a "weed pass" would be allowed inside, and the cafés themselves would only be allowed to distribute 2,000 such passes. Coffee shop owners argue that this ban discriminates against foreigners and will have a huge impact on the industry. "It is going to cost me 90% of my turnover," says a spokesman for the Dutch Cannabis Retailers Association. "That is a very good reason for anyone to oppose any plan.” The Netherlands’ conservative government is working to tighten the country's famously liberal drug laws. Currently, the cultivation and sale of marijuana is decriminalized but not legal; police generally allow possession of up to five grams.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
Normies React to the 12 Steps

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance."

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv