I have visited The
Netherlands many times and always enjoyed the fact that I could go into a
Coffeeshop and enjoy a quick smoke of cannabis (without tobacco) in
peace - now for "foreigners" the only alternative will be to drink in a
bar, which will mean more drunken foreigners and less safety - maybe I
won't be coming again - I don't come only for the cannabis, by the way,
there is plenty in the UK too.
When I first visited
Amsterdam in 1975, there were very few coffeeshops. I was offered
cannabis and hard drugs like cocaine and heroin on the street - lost my
money twice - right then I thought never again would I visit that
city. Then I found a coffeeshop and was able to buy and smoke some
cannabis in safety and peace.
It is a shame that the
Dutch Government have taken this step - and act of discrimination for
sure, even if the courts say it is not due to the fact that cannabis is
still illegal to possess and supply there.
cities will become like many other cities: beautiful buildings and
sites, great multi-cultural people, but streets with drug dealers and
runners on every corner, probably a worsening hard drug problem and all
that goes with it.
Alun Buffry, UK