Dutch switch track on drug tourism

Politicans want to stop foreigners from lounging in the country's famous coffeeshops.

    The Netherlands may be known for its liberal attitude to marijuana, but its new government hopes to change that.

    Politicans say the coffeeshops were meant for local consumption, and that the many tourists who come to the country to get high are a nusiance.

    Some towns have already shut down their coffeeshops, and others are moving in the same direction.

    But critics of the government's moves to restrict marijuana sales argue the crackdown could merely drive sales underground, and that cutting off the supply would damage the nation's economy.

    Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from Amsterdam.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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