Europe: Dutch Border Town Cannabis Coffee Shop Owners Lose Court Battle Against Ban--UPDATED, Shops Now Closed

UPDATE: Seven of the eight shops in the two towns are closed as of today. The eight remains open, but says it is selling only coffee. Six Dutch border town cannabis coffee shop owners seeking to block local authorities from shutting them down lost a court battle last Friday. A judge in Breda in the southern Netherlands ruled that the coffee shop owners had chosen the wrong judicial venue for their challenge of the ban. The coffee shop owners are challenging a decision by the mayors of Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Zoom, both near the Belgian border, to close all eight coffee shops in their communities in a bid to stop “drug tourism.” An estimated 25,000 foreigners pour into the two towns each week to take advantage of the Dutch policy that tolerates retail marijuana sales. They are blamed for causing problems ranging from public urination to traffic congestion to hard drug dealing. Under the ban, the coffee shops could stay open and serve alcohol, but could not sell marijuana. If they continued to sell marijuana, they could be punished with a five-year closure. The lawyer representing the coffee house owners, Harry Nieland, said Tuesday that his clients had not yet decided whether they would abide by the ban on marijuana sales or challenge it. The ban by the mayors comes as the Dutch government wrestles with how to reduce or eliminate the number of foreigners coming to Holland from more repressive neighboring countries to buy marijuana. Last week, a leaked letter from three Dutch ministers suggested the government would seek a “members only” policy for the coffee houses. Under European Union law, countries cannot discriminate by nationality, so the Dutch cannot ban foreigners from becoming coffee house members. But the Dutch government wants to subvert the law by requiring that marijuana be purchased only with credit cards issued by Dutch banks.
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Clarification

Didn't you mean the "eighth"?

This article got me thinking about Portugal. I read somewhere that the liberal drug laws there do not extend to foreigners. Anyone no for sure?

Didn't I mean "know"?

Didn't I mean "know"?

In these economic times,

In these economic times, most places are desperately looking to EXPAND tourism, but these fools look to curb it? Good luck bringing new money into your local economy....

Marihuana should be legalize!!!

Marijuana is a sacred plant, sould be legalize!! Is psycoactive witch it make your brain work alot, also is prove that it makes more neural interconections in your brain, also when you smoke marijana you get relax and you get free of your stress witch is prove also that is not healthy at all and make you sick, marijuana should be legalize!! and cigerrettes shoud be prohibed because it give you lung cancer because of all the quimics it has, and also marihuana cures many deseases like glaucoma, also take any physical pain away make you laugh, and this is what the people need to be happy, marihuana should be legal everywhere!!!

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