Dutch coffeeshops, “beer” and a speedtrap

From Dutch News. Although Dutch laws have been changed so that non-residents are no longer allowed to buy dope in coffeeshops, the implementation date has not been announced. Hurry up and get your tokes in now!

On another consumer note, alcohol-free beer is gaining popularity in the Netherlands as much for the excellent taste as for its appeal to drivers or pregnant women who want a beer. Who knew? Here’s a link to a Dutch website for all types of alcohol-free booze. I hope your browser has the translate option, though there are a few photos to give you clues to brands.

A permanent speedtrap has been installed on one of the highways leading into Amsterdam. You’ve been warned!

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5 Responses to Dutch coffeeshops, “beer” and a speedtrap

  1. lanceleuven says:

    Wow, I really thought that this was going to get stopped somewhere in the Dutch political system. It’s going to seriously affect the tourism!

    • suzykewct says:

      It could be that the delayed implementation is a way to save face for an ill-considered decision. I tried it smoking with friends a few times after college but never got high and always thought the stuff tasted icky.

      • lanceleuven says:

        If you’ve never personally liked it that’s completely fair enough, many don’t, but to me it would be like Vegas banning gambling. I wonder if perhaps somewhere like Portugal (who I believe have essentially legalised all drugs) would be more than happy to relieve Amsterdam of its unwanted trade? I can’t help but wonder if the benefits to Amsterdam are heavily outweighed by the negatives. But I guess that’s a decision for the people of Amsterdam (Amsterdamians??) to decide. We will see!

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