Dutch change on marijuana is upheld

A man smokes five marijuana joints in Amsterdam to protest a plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana.

Associated Press

A man smokes five marijuana joints in Amsterdam to protest a plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana.

Dutch marijuana change is upheld

A Dutch court on Friday upheld a law that will prevent foreigners from buying marijuana in coffee shops across the Netherlands, potentially ending decades of "pot tourism." A group of coffee shops had challenged the plan, launched after southern cities complained of increased levels of drug-related crime. Coffee shops will be allowed to introduce a so-called weed pass for Dutch citizens, who will be permitted to keep buying cannabis.

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Times wires

Dutch change on marijuana is upheld 04/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 11:07pm]

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