Weed pass downfall: And that’s it?

Weed pass Amsterdam

For the most actual update on the weed pass, check here.

The weed pass was introduced in the southern part of the Netherlands in May. It prevents non-Dutch citizens to enter coffeeshops. Furthermore it requires people to register themselves with a coffeeshop using their ID card. Ever since its hasty introduction, the weed pass has been heavily criticized. The law has almost no basis amongst the public and with the national elections behind us, it is almost sure to be reverted before it reaches Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands.

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September 13th, the elections have passed, the votes have been counted and a cabinet can be formed in the coming month(s). Ever since our last article a couple of weeks ago, the polls have done somersaults and as we can see now: None of them could reasonably predict the outcome.

To an outsider, the election results below won’t mean much. Though it should be clear that the Netherlands are more or less divided over the right and left-wing, with the two large winners VVD (liberal/conservative) and PVDA (labor party) representing the sides respectively.

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The dutch election results, including pro or anti-marijuana standing

These two parties will now negotiate and try to form a cabinet, with the possibility of additional parties to join in. In the current situation it is not likely that either the VVD or the PVDA will be absent in the future cabinet; a majority over the right wing is impossible due to unwillingness from the other parties to work with Geert Wilders’ more extreme PVV (freedom party). The left wing would also fail to get a majority if not for the inclusion of a right wing party such as the CDA (Christian democrats). This combination is more likely than any right wing majority with the VVD, yet all bets are currently on a VVD-PVDA coalition.

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The area (currently) affected by the weed pass

The VVD and the PVDA are by far the largest parties and if they form a coalition together they will want to see parts of their own program back in the government’s policy. The PVDA wants to legalize marijuana, making the coffeeshops legitimate stores which sell cannabis; the government oversees the quality and can put an extra tax on the purchase of it. The VVD is part of the coalition that introduced the weed pass back in May. They do not explicitly support or oppose the weed pass nationally, yet on a local level the VVD fractions in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam have publicly denounced the policy in the hope that the cities won’t be affected by a weed pass introduction on January 1st 2013.

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Among the majority of the media – and the people – the failure of the weed pass has already been concluded. Many southern cities suffer from a steep rise in nuisance from drug dealers, who vary from 14-year-old boys to ‘smart’ drugsrunners from Germany or Belgium who simply came in reply to the sudden demand.  It is almost unthinkable that the policy won’t be reverted when the new government is installed, this means that the weed pass will fall before anyone in Amsterdam will ever have to worry about it, which is a victory for both Dutch citizens and tourists alike. The current situation does mean however, that the chances of full marijuana legalization are  very slim; at least for the coming years.

Check back soon for updates on the situation!