Quote of the Day: How to Prevent Traffic Jams in Holland Edition

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

According to The Brisbane Times, Holland is fed up with drug-related tourism. Moves are afoot to restrict dope and hash-peddling coffee shops to domestic clientele. You can understand the local’s frustration, what with non-Dutch automobiles clogging their roads in their occupants’ efforts to spend billions of Euros in-country.

Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Zoom, two other southern border councils, announced last year that their eight coffee shops would be interdicted from selling cannabis from next Wednesday in a bid to push back some 25,000 drug tourists per week.

This should make an end, the mayors explained, to the long lines of foreign cars on their roads, hundreds of youths hovering outside coffee shops on weekends, and illegal drug dealers attracted by their presence.

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  • Tricky Dicky Tricky Dicky on Sep 14, 2009

    I can assure everybody here that at the weekends, the biggest flow of traffic by far is SOUTH, as Dutch people go to find restauraunts serving excellent food in Belgium. Antwerp on a Saturday night is clogged up with, err, "Cloggies". Great cuisine massively outsells nasty weed. Pista - you do know that prostitution is the number one front for people trafficking, right? What was the old word for that - oh yeah, "slavery". It ain't funny.

  • Essen Essen on Sep 14, 2009

    I guess it is a border problem. There doesn't seem to be any such problems in Amsterdam. The no-smoking (tobacco) laws have pushed bar patrons out to the sidewalk, however, creating a bigger nuisance than the coffeshops.

  • Charly Charly on Sep 14, 2009

    Hash and other cannabis products are not legal in the Netherlands (which doesn't mean that they are illegal just something in a netherworld of neither legal or illegal) and as a non-legal product they are not taxed. So as a non taxed product they get the government treatment of any untaxed product or service and that is please go away. About prostitution: There are movements to rain that in to. About Holland: Could you use the word the Netherlands instead of Holland as Holland is only (the most important) part of the Netherlands and this plays outside Holland. About carmakers in the Netherlands: Around WWI there was Spijker/Spyker that went bust. After WWII there was Daf which sold its car division to Volvo cars in the 70's. In the 90's Volvo sold that factory to Mitsubischi and Mercedes for the four seater smart.

  • Daniel J. Stern Daniel J. Stern on Sep 14, 2009

    The thing about the coffee shops is, you gotta remember that, like, the tourists...and...the weed is...like... ...wait, what?