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billyargh
I'm not tripping too much about the Netherlands "pot ban." I have faith that Amsterdam will find away around it just as they've spent hundreds of years finding ways around other things that cost them money.

As Robert Baratheon once said, let's also ban eating, shitting, and breathing ...

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indycitygirl
Apr. 29th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Read that last night and wondered how this was going to go down...I'm going there in 2 years for my big 50 and trust me,I will find a way to toast in my big birthday.I also wondered what your thoughts were on this
nicosian
Apr. 29th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, i don't think it'll stick. ( barring that, I have RELATIVES. in ams.)
hexenhasel
Apr. 29th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's not going to be enforced too well I'm thinking.

I'm loving how into GRRM's series you are :)
docbrite
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:40 am (UTC)
Too into it ... I lost a dare and had to put Robert's warhammer on my wish list for at least two hours. Thank God nobody bought me the damn thing.
Wulfe Argent
Apr. 29th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the pot ban
They are not going to forbid it ( thank Bastet), they are just turning coffee-shops into a members only club ( 2000 members max, only Dutch passport holders) which makes this plan about as stupid as outlawing it. Also for now it is only for the border 'provincies' in the south where lots of French and Belgian 'tourists' buy their smokes. After a few months/a year, they will evaluate and see if its introduced for the rest of the country.
Mayors of most of the cities with coffee-shops have spoken out against the introduction of the 'wietpas'

Are our politicians that stupid they don't realize this will greatly boost street sales and give a vast increase in crime, annoyance and of course a rise in the number of substance abuse? Then again, maybe they DO realize all that and actually want it to happen to they can point to the increase in crime etc. and use that as an excuse to ban it all together.

One last advice, when in Amsterdam, for the love of cats, don't go to the tourist places for your alternative smoking needs. i won't name any, but being a cat lover you don't want to go to places named after dog breeds. Doing that would be like going to Italy and ordering pizza at Pizza-hut. Ask a local where they would go, but you probably don't need to go much further then a few streets away from the tourist area's.

Edited at 2012-04-29 12:26 pm (UTC)
docbrite
Apr. 29th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't worry about the pot ban
This is all good to hear from an actual Dutch person! I understand the "logic" of the province ban due to smuggling, but can't see any reason it should apply to Amsterdam or any good way to enforce it there.

Hate the Bulldog! Had a "Nepalese temple ball" there once that tasted like burning rubber -- never again! Some of my favorites are the Grey Area, the Green House, the Green Place, Basjoe ... Barney's ...aaaahhhh ... sigh.
kiiabby
Apr. 29th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
So glad youre a fan of Barneys, I rave about that place to everyone :)
kiiabby
Apr. 29th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it will be fine, too much of their tourist trade depends on it :)
Wulfe Argent
Apr. 30th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
its serious
Kiiabby, preventing tourists from buying weed is the whole point to the new law, so they are bloody serious about it. Never mind that any tourist who wants to smoke something now will be 'forced' to go to a street-dealer with all possible negatives outcomes. They start with the south because drugs-runners cause most problems. As politicians have no sense of reality they may well ignore the negative fall-out and only see what they want to see.
patient_0
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
A friend just went @ the end of 2011-- apparently, the ban is mainly for the areas that border Germany: they have a real problem with people trying to smuggle weed over the trains. Amsterdam itself looks to stay green and smoke-tinged.
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