Netherlands: Dutch Lawmakers May Limit Coffee-Shop Access

The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch Ministers are contemplating legislation to impose restrictions on who may legally visit and purchase cannabis at licensed ‘coffee-shops,’ according to a memorandum leaked to several international media sources on Wednesday.

According to the memo, Dutch lawmakers may introduce legislation that would limit access to the shops to ‘members-only‘ Dutch citizens. Such ‘members-only’ restrictions are scheduled to begin on a trial basis this fall in the border city of Maastricht.

A legislative committee recommended in July that Dutch ‘coffee-shops’ begin catering to ‘locals only.’

Under Dutch law, licensed business establishments may sell up to 5 grams of cannabis to patrons age 18 years or older. Proposed amendments to the law may limit future sales to 3 grams.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.