(CNN)— When international tourists finally return to the historic streets lined by Amsterdam’s canals, one of the city’s main attractions may have been banned.
The mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema has proposed a new policy that prohibits foreign tourists from entering the city’s coffee shops.
There are 166 cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam, accounting for almost 30% of Dutch coffee shops.
In a letter to congressmen on January 8, Halsema proposed to introduce “residential standards” (a policy that only allows locals to use coffee shops), with the aim of making tourism in the city easier to manage and Control the coffee shop supply chain.
Halsema will discuss these measures with the Amsterdam City Council later this month.
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Cannabis in the Netherlands
The topic of restricting access to Amsterdam coffee shops is not new.
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Different cities in the Netherlands have different coffee shop rules, and discussions about banning everyone except Dutch residents are not new.
Today, the rule still exists in Maastricht in the south of the country.
Aside from a slightly confusing setting, buying cannabis from coffee shops is legal in the Netherlands, but producing cannabis is still illegal.
As early as July 2019, Halsema wrote to parliamentarians, stating that the city’s coffee shops can put pressure on the quality of life in the city centre.
In this survey, according to Halsema’s latest letter, more than half of the respondents said that they chose to visit the Dutch capital because they wanted to experience a cannabis cafe.
As a result, 34% of people said that if they could not go to a coffee shop, their frequency of coming to Amsterdam would be reduced, while 11% said they would not come at all.
The survey also investigated whether increasing the cost of visiting the Waren/Singh area (the medieval city center that makes up the red light district) would reduce the number of tourists.
But the report pointed out that compared with the red light district, the city’s cafes are more attractive to international tourists.
Only 1% of respondents believed that prostitution was the main reason for their visit, while 72% said that they had visited a coffee shop during their stay in Amsterdam.
Drug trade problem
In a recent letter, Falsema also pointed out concerns about the city’s coffee shop supply chain.
She added that the police were concerned about the drug trade.
The letter of January 8 proposed three steps to formulate a new policy-focusing on local regulation of the cannabis market to enter coffee shops by establishing the Amsterdam coffee shop brand, limiting the ability of coffee shops to become chains, and preventing visitors from outside the Netherlands.
Falsema pointed out that the side effect of these new measures may be a shift to the illegal marijuana market, but she hopes this will be temporary.
Amsterdam’s continued appeal
Walking and cycling in Amsterdam is still one of the main drawers for tourists.
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Amsterdam’s 2019 tourist survey showed that cafes are highly attractive to tourists, but respondents said that the most common reasons for visiting Amsterdam are not cafes, red light districts, or even the city’s museums and cultural attractions.
Instead, tourists promote a rather beneficial attraction for walking or cycling in the city.
Clayton said: “I don’t think banning cannabis will weaken tourism.” “The city is also known for its culture and brilliant aesthetics.”