Update Weedpass. Feb 6, 2012
The Weedpass project is causing a lot of commotion in coffeeshops, cities and city councils.
Eindhoven's Mayor says his city needs more coffeeshops once the weedpass is active, due to the 2000 member restriction, he says he has more smokers than places in coffeeshops.
Helmond, a town that had a major conflict about opening a second coffeeshop, now wants to open one or two more coffeeshops, after the former Mayor, who was involved in the coffeeshop conflict, announced to step down.
Maastricht has about 300 drugrunners, supplying their, mainly french, customers through more than 500 so-called 'kilo-houses', where large quantities of cannabis are being sold, and other drugs, of course. The neighborhood committees have gone straight to the government with their complaints about turfwars in their streets, the Mayor says the problems will all be solved with more policing...
The biggest coffeeshop in the Netherlands, at the German border outside Venlo, annonced they will close their shop on May 1, when the weedpass project is introduced, They are serving German customers, so they do not enter the city of Venlo, and go straight back to Germany with their weed or hash. In fact, they are two coffeeshops in one building, Roots, and Oase. The City of Venlo is not happy with their announcement, as they expect the Germans will all come to the city now. They will have the same problem they ahs before the two coffeeshops were moved to the border, if the shop closes. Thanks to the wisdom of Minister Opstelten.
Mayor Lonink of Terneuzen expects a legal struggle around the weedpass project once it takes off, he states the coffeeshops will be starting courtcases against the limitations they are facing.
He also states, although 'only the police' can check the register in a coffeeshop, many customers will not want to register, so that will lead to a lot of problems.
The pressure on city councils is mounting, and they will all go to Opstelten with their complaints.
Will the weedpass eventually take of, or will it die in uglyness? I hope for the last, but on hope alone we can not carry on, the 420 protest in Amsterdam will have to show the Netherlands coffeeshops are necessary, for the Dutch and for the tourist seeking a smoke in freedom....
Nol van Schaik, coffeeshop entrepreneur.