Amsterdam doubles down on plans to restrict tourist access to cannabis coffee shops

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There are 166 cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam, accounting for almost 30% of the Netherlands' coffee shops. In line with Covid-19 lockdown measures, non-essential shops, including coffee shops, are currently closed in Amsterdam, although coffee shops are able to do takeout and delivery. But the report suggested the city's coffee shops have a stronger appeal for international tourists than the Red Light District. Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has proposed a new policy that would ban foreign visitors from accessing the city's coffee shops. Drug trade concerns In her recent letter, Halsema also noted concerns about the city's coffee shops supply chain.

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When international tourists finally return to the canal-lined historic streets of Amsterdam, one of the city's main attractions might be off limits. Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has proposed a new policy that would ban foreign visitors from accessing the city's coffee shops. There are 166 cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam, accounting for almost 30% of the Netherlands' coffee shops. In a letter to councilors on January 8, Halsema proposed introducing the "resident criterion" -- a policy that permits only locals to use coffee shops -- with the goal of making tourism in the city more manageable and to control the coffee shop supply chain. Halsema will discuss...

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