Amsterdam- The controversial weed pass is not coming in a physical form. Instead of a separate pass, visitors of a coffee shop need to identity with a passport or driver's license in the future. The coffee shop owner himself/herself should keep a list of 'shop members.'
This is said by spokeswoman Charlotte Menten of the Department of Security and Justice. According Menten, only residents of the Netherlands can soon visit a coffee shop. This measure is to stop drug tourism.
Within their country, the Dutch can basically join any coffee shop. The Department expects that in practice, someone from The Hague will not pick a Breda coffee shop and vice versa. Most Dutchpeople will remain within the local market.
According to Menten, the municipalities will soon have to take care of the control on the coffee shops themselves. They are free to independently step away from the policy of tolerance, as has happened in Roosendaal and Bergen op Zoom.
The rule that a coffee shop needs to keep a distance of at least 300 meters from schools only starts in 2014. The controversial weed pass is not coming in a physical form.