Border towns crack down on cannabis

Every week 13,500 French and Belgian nationals flock to Roosendaal,Netherlands to buy marijuana from the town’s four so-called coffee shops. Nearby Bergen op Zoom has an estimated 12,000 drugs tourists a week.

Until the shops are closed, the councils will tighten up their local drug policies, reducing the amount of marijuana a coffee shop can have in stock from 500 grammes (the national guideline) to 300 grammes. Customers will only be allowed to buy 2 grammes each. Nationally, the police turn a blind eye to the possession of up to 5 grammes.

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