Amsterdam - “It's time,” the slogan was with which the Serbian protest movement OTPOR started her successful campaign against the fraudulent reelection of Milosevic in 2000. The same now applies to actions to save coffee shops and our cannabis culture. 2012 will be the year of truth.
In the letter that Minister Opstelten sent to the House of commons on 15 December last year, he argues that the weed pass will be entered in the three southern provinces on January 1, but only will be maintained from May 1. The VOC responded the same day with a press release in which spokesman Joep Oomen characterizes the letter as a legal patchwork. Oomen: 'The letter contains no concrete answers to the many questions asked by officials of the South Dutch municipalities in recent months, who will have to face the weed pass first. The Minister has provided legal patchwork; for example, the letter refers to two different dates on which the measure would be introduced: January 1st and May 1st, 2012.'
DemonstrationInstead of answers to questions about practicability and legal feasibility of all his plans, Opstelten creates even more confusion with his letter. Joep Oomen: 'The weed pass is intended mainly as a pet topic of this minister, who stubbornly clings to the illusion that he is able to reduce crime and nuisance with it. The opposite is true, and more and more municipal officials become convinced of that. For the real problem, the still completely illegal and uncontrolled supply of the coffee shops, the plans offer not even the beginning of a solution. For dealers, the weed pass a gift from heaven, they pop the champagne corks today. 'A few days before the letter of Opstelten, PvdA Venlo started the campaign' Stop the weed pass,” including a digital petition. The VOC wholeheartedly supports this action. If you have not signed yet, do so today: http://stopdewietpasnu.petities.nl/