Dutch pot tourism ban will not take effect on New Year’s Day

Dutch pot tourism ban will not take effect on New Year’s Day

The Dutch government’s plan to ban pot tourism in the southern Netherlands will no longer take effect on New Year’s Day. According to the justice ministry, the proposed legislation has been postponed and will now take effect in May 2012.

The weed pass is expected to be introduced into the southern provinces of Limburg, North Brabant and Zeeland on 1 May, and then to the rest of the country in 2013.

The use of marijuana has been tolerated under controlled conditions for more than 30 years in the Netherlands. An inbound tourism survey last year found that 14% of all tourists to the Netherlands head to coffee shops, with 30% of Spanish tourists, 19% of Italian tourists and 19% of American tourists paying a visit while on their holiday.

If the Weed Pass is introduced, said Susan Deerenberg, communications manager for the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, “NBTC will monitor its impact in association with relevant stakeholders. NBTC would greatly regret introduction of the card resulting in fewer tourists visiting the Netherlands.”

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