Cannabis May Be Banned For Tourists In Amsterdam

This article by Louis O'Neill was originally published on The Green Fund, and appears here with permission.

Amsterdam's mayor Femke Halsema has once again floated the idea of banning cannabis for non-residents, in an effort to curb cannabis-driven tourism.

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, with 872,680 residents living in the city, over 1.3 million in the urban areas and over 2.4 million in metropolitan areas. While some refer to Amsterdam as the "Venice of the North," it is better known to tourists for its euphemistically titled "coffee shops," in which foreigners can purchase and consume cannabis products.

Before coronavirus and the ensuing lockdowns that followed, Amsterdam was receiving over one million tourists every month, many of whom visit purely for the purpose of consuming cannabis.

As such, the …

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