As the Netherlands attempts to tighten laws on foreigners, where should Americans looking to light up legally book their flight to?
The Dutch Parliament recently passed new anti-drug rules that would prohibit foreigners from buying pot in the famous Dutch “coffee shops.” The new law would require Dutch citizens to sign up and have a membership card to get into the coffee shops. The Justice and Health Minster of the Netherlands released a letter stating, “In order to tackle the nuisance and criminality associated with coffee shops and drug trafficking, the open-door policy of coffee shops will end.” I am curious what criminality he could be referring to. Nearly half of the Netherlands tourism is drug related. This ban will not only affect the coffee shops but also hotels, restaurants, and everything else in the tourism industry.
Ever since Cheech and Chong’s classic Up in Smoke, Americans have viewed Amerstdam as the place to go for pot. Now that the Dutch have shot themselves in the foot, where should Americans go for a drug-friendly vacation?