"The weed pass has been a success as 1.5 million people who used to come from abroad are not coming anymore". Neither have local businesses been hit by the decline in tourists." This is obviously a typo, right?
Novakina - Cape Town
Bos asserts no increase in illegal dealers or loss to local business. I assert a contrary view.
Rehsab Thgir - Unimportant
This is what happens when religion is allowed to dictate how people should live their lives. I think for me the worst part is that religion imposes 'moral' views on people, yet those same religious people don't have the morals to tell the truth. On what planet will the economic loss of so many 'nuisance' tourists not affect the local business?
Governments are afraid of cannabis and its culture, as the culture is all about sharing and talking and open debate. The culture of cannabis is dangerous as we are all about fact instead of half truths and conjecture.
Lesson learned: stopping a human being from planet earth, from consuming, in whatever way they see fit, a plant given to humans by such gods is a godly action. No matter how you look at it the facts, studies and history prove that humans will always defy the laws that prevent us from living free and fair, quality lives.
The Dutch story makes me sick because its a way of promoting segregation. Identifying cannabis tourists as a 'nuisance' is the beginning of the name calling and when combined with the new illegal element will only escalate to greater segregation and discrimination. Be part of the culture: share information, debate topics and fight with fact.
Peace to all, especially tokers.
canna discussions - South Africa
This is how the money starts getting funded into the police and 'reform' services, which the big corporations support - due to increase sales of their own legal recreational drugs (alcohol/tobacco). Police, prisons and other legal sectors start asking for more money to cope with the 'crime spree' - more taxes. The media paid by corporations increase fear and add 'stories' to what is there (makes your mental health go, ruins your job, turns you into a criminal, ruins your life etc.) The reality is that prohibition causes all this: equals more fear from public and more cash for police, prisons, corporations (alcohol/tobacco/oil etc) by increasing spending via increasing taxes (or making new taxes) and fines. This goes on and on until the 99 per cent is bled dry, then change happens.
Joel Dalais - CLEAR media team, criminologist on cannabis law reform
You people just killed your biggest tourist attraction.
Richard Evans - Swansea
Just apply the silly reasoning of Hoes and Bos to another drug, which has caused very much more damage to society than cannabis ever did, like alcohol. No foreigner is chased from Maastricht for wanting to buy 10 glasses of beer.
Leo Maathuis - Maastricht, NL
Take it from an American, next thing there will be guns everywhere. Then it only gets worse. We've been fighting a 'war on drugs' for decades. wasted billions, incarcerated millions and destroyed countless families. All for nothing. Please tread carefully
Jeff - Oklahoma, USA
I was there (amsterdam) for NYE and it was great. Amsterdam is still the place to go it seems and it doesn't seem that this will change. I have smoked grass there of such amazing quality as I as a medical user have never tasted in the states. I found out that you can actually order seeds from the Netherlands to grow your own at home.
In the Netherlands, it is not entirely legal but its a matter of tolerance and you are allowed to grow up to five plants for personal usage. Seems to me that I am living in the perfect environment to do the same (Cali). I never will have to go to a dispensary anymore and probably it will save me some money too. Let's hope all countries will follow this example that the Netherlands is giving.
G-Davenport - California