Why Amsterdam is Saying No to Cannabis Cafes

why amsterdam is saying no to cannabis cafes

In an attempt at dissuading tourists and mitigating the predicament of organised crime and drug trade, Amsterdam is gearing up to declare its cannabis-dealing outlets out-of-bounds for non-Dutch residents.

Predicted to take centre-stage in 2022, this ban is being spearheaded by environmentalist mayor Femke Halsema.

According to a survey, 57% of tourists visit Amsterdam for its cannabis-selling cafes and around 34% claimed that they weren’t sure whether they’d schedule another trip if these cafes were banned, while 11% say they wouldn’t return if they were deemed off-limits for non-residents.

These statistics substantiate the fact that Amsterdam’s cannabis outlets are a primary area of interest for travellers, and a number of individuals plan their trips to the capital in order to avail of its cannabis-serving facilities. According to a report in Forbes, these outlets, accompanied by the capital’s Red Light District, see about 10 lakh travellers per month (pre-COVID, of course). That number exceeds Amsterdam’s permanent population. 

In 2018, the Dutch capital witnessed the arrival of 19 million people. It’s predicted that this number will ascend to a whopping 2.9 crore by 2025, according to a Guardian report. 

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