Amsterdam- During the council meeting, there is a political call for a test case on the legal feasibility of the weed pass. D66, PvdA, Groenlinks, SBM, SP and PvM have already pledged their support to a motion raised about this during the council meeting.
In that motion, the politicians ask the college to implement a test trial against one of the fourteen coffeeshops on short term. The parties propose that Maastricht presents a decision to the coffee shop against which the trial is held in accordance with applicable laws and regulations as soon as a foreigner is present in the coffeeshop. But that the shop will not be punished in anticipation of the trial and thus will not have to close.
In 2005, Maastricht has also conducted a test trial against the coffee shop of Marc Josemans (Easy Going) to gain clarity about the citizen criterion. 'The citizens of the city have the right to know whether the weed pass is legally feasible on a short term. This also affects whether or not to continue the dispersal plan of the coffee shops.' This way, the politicians also want to prevent that a coffeeshop is unjustly closed with a possibly 'huge claim for damages' as a result.