Here's some disappointed news for weed smokers, as the Netherlands has decided to limit legal marijuana consumption to residents. Dutch court upheld a law preventing the sale of of weed at coffee shops to tourists. In other words, this means that if you've never traveled to Amsterdam and comfortably purchased weed from a coffee shop, you never will. Let the struggle tears flow.
Here's what the Washington Post had to say about the matter:
"The decision means that coffee shops in the south must stop selling cannabis to foreign tourists by May 1, while Dutch and foreign residents will be eligible for a "weed pass" that allows them to purchase it legally. The plan is to be rolled out to other Dutch cities, including the popular tourist center of Amsterdam, by next year."
Lawyers for the weed cafes are arguing that allowing residents to buy weed and preventing tourists contradicts national anti-discrimination laws. The court danced around that, linking the decision to an increase in drug-related crime.
Despite this tragedy, it's still legal to carry on smoke marijuana, so the world isn't exactly ending.