Radio Netherlands Worldwide

SSO Login

More login possibilities:

Close
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
Home
Tuesday 2 September  
Protests against the weed pass
Robert Chesal's picture
Map
Maastricht, Netherlands
Maastricht, Netherlands

New cannabis rules not working

Published on : 9 July 2012 - 11:27am | By Robert Chesal ((C) IVESONE.COM)
More about:

The new rules affecting the sale of cannabis in coffeeshops in three southern Dutch provinces are having an adverse effect according to a new study. The "weed pass" was introduced in the regions on May 1 this year.  
 
The introduction of an obligatory membership card for coffeeshop customers has resulted in a sharp increase in the illegal street sale of cannabis and the emergence of a large and elusive network of telephone numbers that can be called for the supply of the drug.
 
Drug tourism
Researchers Nicole Maalsté and Rutger Jan Hebben have published these conclusions in a study commissioned by Epicurus, a private foundation dedicated to tracking the effects of the ‘weed pass,’ as it is widely called.
 
The weed pass was introduced in an attempt to stem the wave of "drug tourists" from Germany, Belgium and France who regularly crossed the Dutch border to buy cannabis in coffeeshops.
 
"We want cities and towns in the rest of the Netherlands to know what they can expect when the weed pass rules take effect there," said Maalsté, a senior researcher at the University of Tilburg. The government in The Hague had earlier announced it intended to introduce the weed pass in the rest of the Netherlands.
 
The police have insufficient capacity to tackle the new forms of cannabis trade that have sprung up, the researchers found.
 
More illegal dealers
Cannabis in a coffeeshop costs at least 25% more than it does on the street. Particular groups are now avoiding the coffeeshops: the 18 to 24 age group and cannabis users with a non-Dutch ethnic background. "It is highly unlikely that these groups will stop smoking cannabis en masse," the researchers concluded. Illegal dealers are not concerned with the age of their customers, and they also sell other drugs besides hashish and marijuana. "This is raising the risk that young people buying cannabis will come into contact with hard drugs."
 
The researchers found several minorities are involved in the illegal sale of cannabis in the southern Dutch provinces. These include ethnic Moroccan youths from the more northern cities of Utrecht and Rotterdam, as well as Albanians, Hungarians, Romanians and people with an immigrant background from northern France. One coffeeshop owner from Roermond counted 25 drug runners in a single day: "The street dealers work in shifts. They come by train or car, work their shift and go back to the city where they live."
 
In the southernmost province of Limburg, it is mainly ‘well-behaved’ minors who are being recruited to sell on the street. In the city of Geleen, a 9-year-old boy on a bicycle was arrested for asking passers-by whether they wanted to buy drugs.  

Discussion

Steve Jame 31 August 2014 - 10:06pm

Truly, this article is really one of the very best in the history of articles. I am a antique ’Article’ collector and I sometimes read some new articles if I find them interesting. And I found this one pretty fascinating and it should go into my collection. Very good work!best way to keep eczema away

Steve Jame 31 August 2014 - 7:04pm

I think everyone should be aware of Heath care and should apply for the health insurance of individual and all family members. This is the best way to fight any health issues in the future.walkthrough

Steve Jame 31 August 2014 - 5:03pm

You may need a brand developed for you from beginning to end, or you may simply need a few tweaks to let your brand truly shine. Our branding Jacksonville services will take your brand to the next level, guaranteed.https://www.rebelmouse.com/nasalpolypstreatmentmiracle/

Steve Jame 30 August 2014 - 10:40pm

Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals protect the body by killing off harmful substances, but sometimes they can begin destroying healthy cells instead.View this site

Steve Jame 30 August 2014 - 9:54pm

Richmond Hill Christian Academy is an independent, non-denominational, private elementary school. We are a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, and are registered with the Ministry of Education and Training.Click this link

Steve Jame 30 August 2014 - 9:21pm

Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.home cleaning services

alikhan_095 30 August 2014 - 1:02pm

Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.New

zeeshan1 30 August 2014 - 1:54am

I most likely appreciating each and every bit of it. It is an incredible site and decent impart. I need to much obliged. Great employment! You all do an incredible blog, and have some extraordinary substance. Keep doing awesome.
https://www.rebelmouse.com/sensualhunterreviews/

Steve Jame 29 August 2014 - 10:29pm

I am a racing fan and I always keep an eye on Igls racing. Your blog is excellent in bringing the latest updates on Igls racing. Keep posting more updates and latest news on this and I will recommend this website to all Igls racing fans.easiest way to turn on a woman

Anonymous 29 August 2014 - 2:20pm

The world is changing fast. people are also being changed.day by day we are becoming more dependant on degital system.yoU make me think of this really.You have a nice way of sharing your thoughts. how to be rich
stop loss order
world economy
debt ceiling

Anonymous 29 August 2014 - 7:34am

Hey there thanks for showing me this. I must say that your blogpost was the most enjoying read I've seen in a long time. Greetings from home warranty maryland
home warranty companies arizona

Steve Jame 28 August 2014 - 2:23pm

I love your blog, I recommend to all people who love this kind of post to visit this site, I recommend it.how to text a girl who is not responding

Steve Jame 28 August 2014 - 1:58pm

I am pretty much happy with the contents you've got mentioned. I wished to thanks for this nice post. I enjoyed each little a part of it and that i are anticipating the new updates.diabetes protocol download reviews

Steve Jame 28 August 2014 - 12:50pm

Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one.Rebelmouse.com

Steve Jame 27 August 2014 - 9:23pm

I’m happy I located this blog! From time to time, students want to cognitive the keys of productive literary essays composing. Your first-class knowledge about this good post can become a proper basis for such people.bebes

Steve Jame 27 August 2014 - 8:49pm

wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.embarazada

Steve Jame 27 August 2014 - 8:23pm

I am a racing fan and I always keep an eye on Igls racing. Your blog is excellent in bringing the latest updates on Igls racing. Keep posting more updates and latest news on this and I will recommend this website to all Igls racing fans.Embarazo

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 11:32am

It should be noted that whilst ordering papers for sale at paper writing service, you can get unkind attitude. In case you feel that the bureau is trying to cheat you, don't buy term paper from it. pet products online

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 11:26am

I am overwhelmed by your post with such a nice topic. Usually I visit your blogs and get updated through the information you include but today’s blog would be the most appreciable. Well done!vintage jewelry online

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 11:20am

You actually make it look so easy with your performance but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never comprehend. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!seo houston company

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 11:14am

I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work. buy here pay here houston tx

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 11:09am

I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working, great job !buy cars houston

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 11:04am

I’m happy I located this blog! From time to time, students want to cognitive the keys of productive literary essays composing. Your first-class knowledge about this good post can become a proper basis for such people. nice one used bmw m3

alikhan_095 27 August 2014 - 10:58am

I was just browsing through the internet looking for some information and came across your blog. I am impressed by the information that you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this subject. Bookmarked this page, will come back for more.used luxury cars for sale

kunal 27 August 2014 - 8:28am

I am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me. how to be rich stop loss order

Anonymous 27 August 2014 - 7:43am

The world is changing fast. people are also being changed.day by day we are becoming more dependant on degital system.yoU make me think of this really.You have a nice way of sharing your thoughts.
дизайн интерьера Москва
дизайн интерьера Москва
дизайн интерьера Москва
дизайн интерьера Москва

Steve Jame 26 August 2014 - 10:00pm

Well I completely agree with you. I really like this article. It contains a lot of useful information. I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information. Thanks for this valuable information for all. And of course nice review about the application.Luxury Watch Exchange

Steve Jame 26 August 2014 - 9:33pm

I just thought it may be an idea to post incase anyone else was having problems researching but I am a little unsure if I am allowed to put names and addresses on here.how do you make a guy want you really bad

Steve Jame 26 August 2014 - 7:34pm

This is a great article, Thanks for giving me this information. Keep posting.get your ex back over text

Steve Jame 26 August 2014 - 5:28pm

This is a wonderful article, Given so much info in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good luck.yeast infection no more ebook by linda allen

Post new comment

Please be reminded all comments must be in English, short and to the point - guideline 250 words. Abusive and inappropriate comments will be removed.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <br>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

RNW on Facebook

RNW Player

Video highlights

Ladies on the move
RNW is keen on featuring inspiring women in our target countries, women who...
What about men?
In many countries, men don't stick around to raise their children. This is...