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After a more than a decade the Nieuw-West district and the City Council gave a 'green light' for the arrival of a new Coffeeshop near Sloterdijk Station.
According to district manager Achmed Baâdoud, it has to be a drive-through coffeeshop. Where you can, while in you car (like a fast food restaurant) order and pick-up your Cannabis or Hashish.
Although initially the local business ‘union’ of the Western harbour area in Amsterdam was not pleased with the possible arrival of a drive-through coffeeshop from The Bulldog and appealed to the plans with the municipality. It might actually finally happen!
The Bulldog wants to open a coffee shop and a café with a large terrace. The move is part of Pilot Coffeeshops, where the municipality tries to move coffeeshops from the center of the city. In exchange for the coffeeshop in the Western harbour area, The Bulldog would close their branch in Spuistraat.
But the entrepreneurs in the Western harbour area were not happy about the arrival of the coffeeshop. With plenty of parking, The Bulldog in the port would be especially focused on customers picking up weed, according to the request. But the coffeeshop would also make it possible to consume Cannabis on the spot. The local businesses were not in favour of this and had informed the municipality that they disagree with this idea.
An other reason for their earlier struggle opening a coffeeshop in West had to do with the fact that the location was too close to surrounding schools. To which Baâdoud had serious objections. But that does not apply to the location near Sloterdijk Station. "There are no schools and residents affected by the arrival," said the councilman.
The location is quite a bit further away. However also closer to the high-way, so easier to reach. And in a more business like/industrial area. So traffic and local disturbance complaints will stay at a minimum.
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With a slim majority in the Dutch parliament agreed to regulate Cannabis cultivation agreed this Tuesday at the proposal of D66. During a call vote, a majority of 77 MP's voted for the bill.
It's been forty years waiting and talking about the confusing situation of cannabis cultivation and buying is illegal, but selling is tolerated.
The idea behind the proposal is to reduce crime around cannabis cultivation and hopes that it will be easier to pay taxes coffeeshops.
D66 thinks that regulation of cannabis cultivation is better for human health. As long as the sale of Cannabis happens out of sight of the government, the user has no clear idea of what is 'inside'.
Cannabis would then only be cultivated by farms/companies which are controlled by the government. Coffee shops can only buy their product through these farms.
D66 sees it as a government task products are used as responsibly and safely as possible. Forbidding Cannabis completely, is impossible, according to the party.
"This is an important step to end a stalemate that has lasted far too long..." says D66 MP and author of the proposal Vera Bergkamp in a comment.
Until the last minute it was exciting to see whether the '2e Kamer' would endorse the D66 plan. A majority was subject to the vote of other small splinter parties and one-man groups.
During the legislative treatment last week, it was the Christian parties who wanted to know nothing of regulating Marijuana. The government must do everything to keep addictive substances from society, find the CDA and the Christian Union. The VVD is especially critical of the possible interrelationship between the government and organized crime.
The law must still be passed by the Senate. But as a majority, is unknown.