Drug nuisance quadruples after intoduction of 'wietpas'

posted by on June 1st 2012


The nuisance caused by drug dealers has exploded since the introduction of the ‘wietpas’  in the south of Holland.

Dealers back on the street. (photo credit: de Limburger)

The drug hotline had no less than 619 reports of nuisance within the first month, four times more than the previous month.

Police in Maastricht have arrested 101 people for possession, manufacturing or dealing drugs and 75 restraining orders were imposed.

Maastrict has seen a huge influx of drug dealers and street dealers who, unlike coffeeshops, pay no tax. Consequently, the prices of cannabis and hashish have fallen sharply. Even students have discovered the trade and some now sell cannabis in the city.

 

Success?

The mayor of Maastricht, Onno Hoes (VVD) still calls the ‘weed pass’ a success. He repeated his opinion on Thursday May 31st , as part of a one-month review of the new coffeeshop policy. According to Hoes, it has resulted in fewer foreigners coming to the city to buy cannabis and more “manageable” drug trafficking on the streets. Hoes does not base his opinion on hard numbers, but on anecdotal reports from the center of the city. However, the mayor  avoided commenting on the situation in the residential areas where most of the nuisances occur.

The Maastricht city council proudly present the weedpass

"Not one gram without a pass" - the catchy slogan of the new initiative

 

Since May1st 2012, in the provinces of Limburg, Brabant and Zeeland, only residents of the Netherlands are permitted to buy cannabis in coffeeshops. They must be also register as a member of their local coffeeshop, as the legally tolerated cannabis businesses have been declared private clubs since May 1st.

Initially, cannabis buyers needed to present a certificate of residence in order to register for a ‘weed pass’, but since this week, a passport seems sufficient to gain access.

 

 

Source: PowNed.tv

Published on May 31st 2012

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4 Comments

  1. Jaberwoky
    Posted 04/06/2012 at 17:12 | Permalink

    And I thought the dutch people were much more intelligent then others…..the mayor is a joke…

  2. Robert Kerr
    Posted 02/07/2012 at 08:32 | Permalink

    It seems to me that this is a learning experience for all of us. Firsts for the mayor, that what is made illegal goes underground quickly, and, that cannabis use is not something to be ashamed of. For the users and patients who love and need the cannabis, to be respectful and patient, and to work with the local government until a possitive outcome is achieved.

  3. madmart
    Posted 16/08/2012 at 08:28 | Permalink

    if this weit pas cannot be stopped through most of the netherlands i just hope the mayors of the large cities can refuse to introduce it. I read somewhere on the internet amsterdam had signed some policy thing and it said because of that the earliest the weit pas could be introduced there would be january 2015 would like to know if thats made up crap or true !

    • Sensi Seeds
      Posted 16/08/2012 at 16:09 | Permalink

      When the government announced the wietpas to the nation, Amsterdam’s Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, declared that it would not be implemented before 2015 but without having much guaranty that his statement would be true until then.
      Once the government voted the application of the law on the whole national territory starting from January 1st 2013, mayors have no right to go against a national law, even the mayor of Amsterdam.

      There is still hope though, because the Dutch government resigned earlier this year and a new cabinet must be appointed – and even though no one talks about it, the fore coming elections will be held on September 12th 2012 in the Netherlands-. Having a new coalition ruling the country means they can decide to give up this law that has already shown many ill consequences and reverse it in the southern regions.

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