And The World Begins To Weep – Holland Tightening Cannabis Industry Jesse Cooper October 27 News, Sidelines, The Netherlands 5 Comments The sad news is coming in that two towns in the Netherlands, Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Doom, will be shutting down their cannabis cafes after evaluating that they could no longer cope with the approximate 25,000 “drug tourists” swarming in from France and Belgium. “Soft drug tourism is the motor of criminality linked to (harder) drugs,” they said in a ‘joint’ statement. “It has an overwhelming negative effect on public order.” The towns are blaming the influx of out-of-towners for everything from traffic problems to the illegal selling of drugs. The eight clubs are all scheduled to be closed February 2009. Until the closures take effect, coffee shops will be limited to distributing just two grams of bud a day to each customer, more than halving the current limit of five grams (also the legal possession limit in Holland). Neighbor town Terneuzen is considering taking similar measures in May, vowing to also limit opening hours for clubs as well. Needless to say: What a bummer. 5 Responses brian from nodebtworldtravel.com October 27 I wonder how this will affect tourism. Will there be a steep drop, a slight one or none at all? This will really tell you what people go there for. Reply Carlo October 28 Like all good things, it comes to an end. I don’t blame them though…kudos to them for being liberal enough to have these laws in the first place. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, a few bad apples spoil the bunch. On another note, I do like your use of ‘joint’ as a pun…I’m a sucker for a good pun. The cheesier the better. Reply Cheap Souvenir, Hospital Restaurant & Drug Tourism | Venere Travel Blog October 30 […] towns in Southwestern Netherlands will be closing down their cannabis cafÃ©s. Rosendaal and Bergen op Zoom intend in this way to stop the massive influx of “drug […] Reply george p February 11 where else in the world allows the occasional smoke. I know it isn’t too hard to smoke in canada Reply Carlo February 12 There’s a reason Vancouver’s nickname is Vansterdam. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... *Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. nine × = Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.