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Meghan Markle may want to trademark the word “archetype” for its own enrichment, but it just shows how universal some of the fights actually are. Not to mention how unoriginal persistent threats are for one of the most common Durable if not likable Amsterdam symbols continue.

The latest blow against the city’s cafes comes (again) from the city’s mayor, Vimki Halsima, which has just revealed its latest plan to ban tourists from the city’s cannabis cafes, also with a bad pretense. Specifically, in order to “dominate” the domestic light drug market, ranting that cannabis is an outdated drug of other, hardier drugs.

It’s a broken record – but unfortunately, she is adamant in striving for the bitter end.

Here’s her reasoning: According to at least some city officials, only 66 of the 166 licensed stores are currently “required” to meet local demand – which means they really want to close 100 (or about 2/3) of them. Moreover, according to Halsema, banning tourist practitioners in Amsterdam is the “best way” to manage the waiting situation in the country. Hemp cultivation trial (which, of course, excludes the cafes in Amsterdam and other big Dutch cities) – rather than trying to incorporate it into them – which is also inevitable.

However, this step is not surprising. Amsterdam officials have long tried to shut down the cannabis trade against evidence that this unique aspect of Dutch culture has not only become an enduring international symbol of the cannabis industry and reform, but is beginning to be widely copied everywhere that ban is finally backing down. Apparently, these officials do not believe that it is the attraction, which attracts about 58% of tourists to the city, that they want to continue to associate with Amsterdam. Annually about 3 million tourists visit the city, specifically to take part in this unique experience.

Of course, both the industry and the evidence say otherwise. Indeed, in smaller towns in the Netherlands where cafes are restricted to locals, there has been a revival of street dealing.

Moreover, both the largest parties represented in the city council, D66 and Groenlinks, oppose the initiative, which was announced after local elections in March.

Regardless, Halsema need not count on majority support if she declares the situation a “necessity.” She’s also been in this particular bandwagon for at least the past two years.

So much for democracy, not to mention ruling for the benefit and will of the people.

Amsterdam ban rears its head as progress threatens status quo

this is not first attempt To reduce the coffee shop trade or even ban tourists from the same, not to mention Halsima which has been trying to achieve this goal for the past two years. I’ve also used various excuses that look somewhat similar – including the use of corona virus disease pandemic To temporarily close all shops – although it has also been forced to allow take-out service as the closure has continued for the past several years.

Part of the problem, no matter how popular such destinations are with foreign visitors – especially British and Germans – is that tourism makes up only about 10% of the city’s total economy. to me Helsima“Amsterdam is in the fortunate position that it can really use the pandemic to try some new things.”

Apparently, incorporating city cafés into the patriotic farming experience is not one of those ideas. In fact, it is only used as another excuse to close the said establishments.

Why now?

As much as this effort is clearly timed for propaganda, it is yet another sign of how elected officials can be deaf, if not always against cannabis, to the industry’s progress, if not willfully ignorant about the drug and its impact from its use.

There is no evidence that cannabis use leads to more difficult drug use. In fact, there is more and more data to prove that it is in fact an exit gateway to it – starting with opioids.

Beyond that, of course, it’s also clear in any jurisdiction that has legalized at least the semi-legal cannabis trade that banning parts of it doesn’t stop demand — it pushes it onto the black market.

However, such outdated statements, reactionary attitudes and campaigning are here to stay for some time in Europe as many countries are now grappling over how to integrate cannabis into the mainstream. see Germanyright next door, as the new national government, which used recreational cannabis reform as an electoral plan, has clearly pushed such a move back in the face of more pressing priorities.

The jury, of course, is still out on whether the mayor and the “dark side” will win this shot. Whatever Halsema and others like her might like to impose, or even wish to impose, it is unlikely that tourists would actually be barred from such establishments – starting with the fact that in Barcelona this also proved impossible.

It is also unlikely that Halsima will win in the long run. Some cafes may close. However, those who survived, just like those who had experienced previous purges, would come out stronger and more popular than before. This is an archetype that even Jung would approve of.

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