Newsbrief: Dutch Cannabis Café Chains Vow to Invade Britain 7/26/02

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Two famous Dutch cannabis café companies have announced plans to open as many as 50 coffeehouses in Britain, vowing a full frontal assault on the police's ability to enforce the cannabis laws, the London Sunday Telegraph reported this week. Owners of the Bulldog and the Dutch Experience, both Amsterdam landmarks for the cannabis crowd, told the newspaper they planned to open the coffeehouses in an attempt to force acceptance of the drug.

Under the decriminalization plan recently announced by Home Secretary David Blunkett, there is no provision for the legal sales of cannabis. But, as the cannabis café chain owners pointed out, their businesses are technically illegal in Holland, too, but their success forced a change in Dutch policy which allows them to operate freely.

The coffeehouse entrepreneurs told the Telegraph they believed the sheer number of coffeehouses and their popularity would overwhelm police efforts to suppress them.

The Dutch Experience café in Stockport, which opened in September, remains in business despite having been raided three times. The Dutch Experience 2 in Dorset was raided and four men arrested. It also remains open, but sells only tea, coffee and cannabis paraphernalia. Independent operators have already announced plans to open cafés in Edinburgh, Bournemouth and Lambeth.

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