Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Dutch coffeeshops will only be accessible with a weed pass. This weed pass will only be available for people living in the netherlands, announced minister of safety and justice Ivo Opstelten (VVD - calling themselves liberal-democratics (yeah right)) this friday. He spoke about a "containment of the dutch tolerance policy".
Opstelten wants coffeeshops "to reduce to their original function". Which means they may only serve the local market. Each coffeeshop will be allowed to have 1000-1500 members. The marijuana pass is only available for people over the age of 18 who live in the netherlands.
This means that tourists will not be able to buy any weed in Holland. Opstelten still waits for a decision from the Council of State. They are sill considering the question whether people who don't live in the netherlands may be refused from entering a coffeeshop. Previously the European Court of Justice decided that this is not in conflict with the European rights.
Opstelten is not afraid for resistance from Municipalities. He is convinced that he will convince the local directors of the benefit of the weed pass.
A spokesman of the city of Amsterdam let us know they see nothing in a weedpass. For a tourist who visits the Dutch Capital it will be impossible to buy a joint in a coffeeshop. Opstelten doesn't mind, but the city of Amsterdam fears that the bussiness will be moved to the streets, with all nuisance and risks of that.
The minister (Opstelten) hopes he can introduce the weedpass during the year in the south of holland. After that the rest of the Netherlands will follow.