Amsterdam Weeds Out Pot Cafes Near Schools

Liberal city chokes on measure handed down by Dutch government
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2008 6:02 PM CST
Amsterdam is moving to shut down cannabis-selling cafes near schools.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The city of Amsterdam will close some of its famous cannabis-selling coffee shops, AFP reports, targeting cafes that operate near schools in keeping with a new directive from the Dutch government. The law, which will shutter 43 of the city’s 228 such establishments, isn’t terribly popular with city officials; the mayor said they’ve never caused trouble, and he “would never have created such a measure.”