Dutch judge upholds ban on foreigners buying pot

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Coffee shops also are banned from serving alcohol and from selling drugs to people under 18.

The government in The Hague said Friday there would be no exceptions to the new rules.

“Amsterdam will also have to enforce this policy,” said Job van de Sande, a spokesman for the Ministry of Security and Justice.

The conservative Dutch government introduced the new measures saying it wants to return the shops back to what they were originally intended to be: small local stores selling to local people.

However the Dutch government collapsed this week and new elections are scheduled for September. It is unclear whether the new administration will keep the new measures in place.

Coffee shop lawyer Veldman called Friday’s court ruling a political judgment.

“The judge completely fails to answer the principal question: Can you discriminate against foreigners when there is no public order issue at stake?” he asked.

Coffee shop owners in the southern city of Maastricht have said they plan to disregard the new measures, forcing the government to prosecute one of them in a test case.

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