Dutch Considering Pilot Project To Ban Tourists From Border Coffee Shops

Maastricht, the Netherlands: Non-Dutch citizens will be barred from visiting coffee shops in the southern border town of Maastricht under a pilot scheme designed to cut down on so-called “drug tourism,” according to a Reuters News Wire report.

The report cited a Dutch Justice Ministry spokesman, who said that the ban would begin this summer. He did not say whether the pilot program was being considered in other Dutch cities, such as Amsterdam.

Maastricht, which borders Germany and Belgium, attracts more tourists than any Dutch city besides Amsterdam, Reuters reports. Since 1997, the number of coffee shops in the Netherlands has declined from approximately 1,200 to about 750.

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