Holland Seeks Pot Ban for Tourists

Court told ban would violate free trade deals
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2010 2:57 AM CDT
Updated May 9, 2010 5:45 PM CDT
A woman smokes a joint in an Amsterdam cafe. The Dutch government is seeking to tighten the country's famously liberal drug laws.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Holland's famous cannabis cafes will only be open to Dutch smokers if government officials win a case at the European Court of Justice. Attorneys for the government—seeking to clamp down on cross-border drug tourism—say the nation has the right to ban foreigners from coffee shops that serve pot. Lawyers for a coffee shop owner argue that discriminating between Dutch and non-Dutch customers, even when contraband is involved, violates European Union free trade agreements, Der Speigel reports.

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