Photos: Top five things marijuana tourist Michael Hancock will learn visiting Amsterdam

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Denver mayor Michael Hancock isn't the likeliest marijuana tourist. Recall that he ripped Amendment 64. Nonetheless, he and other Denver city officials will visit Amsterdam next week in part to learn more about the city's approach to weed.

Apparently, Hancock and company haven't heard of this little thing called the Internet. But we're to help. Here are the top five things Hancock can expect to learn during his trip, largely culled from the official websites for Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

Number 5:

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The Dutch differentiate between "hard" drugs and "soft" drugs

Contrary to popular belief, drugs of all sorts remain illegal in the Netherlands, and according to the country's drugs policy page, "those found selling, producing, dealing or in possession of these drugs are liable to prosecution." However, the page's author opines that "soft drugs, such as marijuana and hash, are less damaging to health than hard drugs, such as ecstasy and cocaine." As such, assorted substances are treated differently under what's popularly known as the Opium Act, as seen in this summary:

• Schedule I lists the substances classified as hard drugs, for example heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and GHB.

• Schedule II lists the substances classified as soft drugs: cannabis products (hash and marijuana) and sleeping pills and sedatives such as Valium and Seresta. According to the government, these drugs carry less serious risks than the hard drugs listed in Schedule I.

Continue to keep counting down the top five things marijuana tourist Michael Hancock will learn visiting Amsterdam.

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Eric Bueno
Eric Bueno

John Donohoe knows what he's talking about! Many bore punches during his north Africa escapades

John Donohoe
John Donohoe

I think he will visit more than that like Eric Bueno did on a Med Float and caught something that Doc Joseph Vasquez had to punch out

Richard Daugherty
Richard Daugherty

He' gonna learn a contact high messes him up... agreed waste of money, unless he's going to the red light district (wink)

Chris Conway
Chris Conway

Mayor Hancock's policy on marijuana and consumption have made him irrelevant. The city eagerly takes tax dollars from out of town visitors who visit our marijuana stores, but strictly forbids them from using any here. Parks are non-marijuana zones, as are hotels. The current policy is forcing tax-paying visitors to choose what law to break, whether they use their purchase in the park, driving around in the car, or bring it back to their own state. Hancock it a willing participant in drug-prohibition profiteering and he needs to be replaced, before more of our tourists realize that they're not quite welcome here.

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

Only if he visits the red light district afterwards

Andy Martin
Andy Martin

not unless the pot shops give him a campaign donation

Glen Kelley
Glen Kelley

Nope. This will fuel several more side laws like there aren't enough already. One would think there were more important issues to tackle . It's just a little weed get a grip people.

Bill O'Kelly Jr.
Bill O'Kelly Jr.

And this wasteful trip is costing the tax payers how much? How do I get the tax payers to pay for my vacation?

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

Seems like a worthy use of tax payer dollars.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

DutchAmsterdam.com — The city of Amsterdam is phasing out 31 of its 198 cannabis cafes, or ‘coffeeshops’1, because they are located too close to high schools.


The 31 shops will not be closed all at once, but rather in three phases, with the last ones closing by January 1, 2016.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Amsterdam fights against Eurotrash -- turns out the red lights in famed district


For some, it’s to take in the amazing art galleries and beautiful canals. For others, there are some less family-friendly attractions.


The world’s most renowned location for dirty vacations is trying to change its image.

Amsterdam is closing many of the legal brothels and so-called cannabis cafes, while spending large amounts of money to revitalize some of the more highbrow attractions.


For some, it’s to take in the amazing art galleries and beautiful canals. For others, there are some less family-friendly attractions.


The world’s most renowned location for dirty vacations is trying to change its image.

Amsterdam is closing many of the legal brothels and so-called cannabis cafes, while spending large amounts of money to revitalize some of the more highbrow attractions.


“It’s an extremely exciting time,” says Axel Ruger, the director of the Van Gough Museum. “All the institutions around us have invested a lot of money.”


The Rijksmuseum, for example, just completed a massive 10-year refurbishment, while the Stedlijk has a vast new white and glass extension for its modern art.


All told, the Dutch have splurged more than $1 billion for their homes of high culture.

“The city is certainly changing. I think there are lots of efforts to make the city attractive,” Ruger said.


Of course, people come to Amsterdam for more than the Van Goghs and the Rembrandts. They also come for the prostitutes and the pot on offer in the famed red-light district.



But, that part of the city is also getting a makeover.


Project 1012 named for the district’s postal code — proposes to close almost half of Amsterdam’s window-front brothels.</p><p>The famously tolerant Dutch say they need to crack down because organized crime has been taking over.It's a safety issue. It's a vision issue. 


We think the historical city centre has to be open and accessible for everyone,


Because of Project 1012, almost half of the famous coffee houses will lose their licenses to sell cannabis

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Looks like the Puerile Pot Punks have once again worn out their welcome, even in laid back Netherlands.


Reap what ye sow, you clueless cannabis clowns!


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


Maastricht, Dutch City, Cracks Down On Coffee Shops Selling Marijuana To Tourists


Authorities in the Dutch drug tourism hub of Maastricht are striking back after cannabis cafes staged an open revolt by selling marijuana to foreigners in defiance of a controversial ban.


The battle has been fought on the streets, in the courtroom and in the media as authorities struggle to enforce a law aimed at ridding the streets of stoned tourists, with foreigners previously accounting for two-thirds of the coffee shops' clientele.


Coffee shops in Maastricht, a Roman city of 120,000 conveniently wedged between the borders of Belgium and Germany, were emboldened following a court ruling on April 25 that city authorities should not have ordered the closure of one of its best-known hangouts for getting high.


The Easy Going was ordered shut last year after it was caught selling to tourists.

Members of the Maastricht Coffee Shop Association (VOCM) comprising 13 of the city's 14 coffee shops resumed selling to tourists in May.


But police raids, seizures, closure orders and prosecutions followed, and after the latest police bust at four coffee shops last weekend, all 13 VOCM member have now shut up shop.


At the root of the chaos is a controversial law introduced in May 2012 requiring coffee shops to cater only for Dutch residents in the hope of addressing the downsides of drug tourism -- traffic jams, street dealing and rowdy late-night partying.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Amsterdam's cannabis-selling coffee shops face crackdown


Coffee shops legally selling cannabis have been a feature of Amsterdam's streets for more than 30 years, a magnet for younger tourists and a symbol of the Dutch brand of liberal exceptionalism.

But the fragrant haze found in the city's 200 or so establishments could be dispersed under plans by the incoming government, which is looking to roll back the "tolerance policy" that has allowed such shops to operate since 1976.


Coinciding with a tightening of laws regarding prostitution - another tolerated industry - the authorities' new stance on cannabis is raising questions about whether Dutch society is moving away from laissez-faire traditions, which have included some of the earliest gay-friendly policies in Europe and the provision of free contraception to teenage girls.


Certainly the outlook for coffee shops is bleak. Among the few policies that the three parties in the new coalition government agree on is the need to reduce their numbers. The governing agreement released last week laid out plans that will force them to become members-only clubs and shut down those shops located near schools.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"Irrelevant" does not mean "incompetent", "ignorant", "stupid", "biased", or "retrograde"; those epithets aptly describe the Mayor, but one thing he is not is irrelevant -- he exercises a great deal of control over our municipal government and the spending of our taxes!  People who use cannabis need to educate and organize themselves politically so that we have some hope of playing a role in replacing Hancock; another hack from the local Democratic machine may be exactly no better.  While I agree that the City's policies on cannabis are dead wrong, there is no indication that tourists will stay away, or even realize how hostile Hancock and the dinosaurs on the Denver City Council are towards cannabis.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so what's stopping you?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... using the Pot Tax revenue.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  There's that stutter again donkey boy.  Are you brain- dead?  Do you forget what you say and then repeat yourself out of pure ignorance or do you do it to be annoying?   I'm going to vote for pig-ignorant.   

Seville
Seville

Maastricht =\= Amsterdam.

Seville
Seville

That's great, but it's not about Amsterdam.

You fail.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay Because you can vote for yourself, fishingforyounghairlessboys.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Seville  "That's great ..."


So you agree with the CRACKDOWN on Puerile Pot Punkery in The Netherlands, eh?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Seville  


Dutch Minister says 'no' to all regulated marijuana production ideas


Thursday 19 December 2013


Police dismantle a marijuana plantation in Amsterdam. Photo: DutchNews.nl


Justice minister Ivo Opstelten said on Thursday he remains opposed to any attempts to regulate marijuana production, despite mounting local authority pressure for change.


Opstelten said he has received various proposals for council-run production but that he has not changed his view that controlled growing is in conflict with international treaties.


In total, 25 plans have been submitted to the minister. These include the setting up of growers clubs as well as more formal production proposals.


Export


Opstelten said regulating marijuana production will do nothing to ease the problems facing local councils. Some 80% of marijuana currently grown in the Netherlands is for export and regulation would not help combat the involvement of organised crime, he said.


At the moment it is illegal to grow marijuana. This means there is a grey area between the official policy of turning a blind eye towards possessing small amounts of marijuana and the supply to cannabis cafes, known as coffee shops


The cabinet's priority remains cracking down on organised growing and keeping tourists out of cafes where small amounts of cannabis can be sold, he said.


Seville
Seville

I never said it was. You still fail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Seville  "That's great ..." 


... in direct reply to the story of Maastricht cracking down on pot shops.


Are you too brain-baked and stoned to even recall what you said just 3 posts above?



Seville
Seville

Never said that, either. Is making shit up the only way you know how to converse?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Seville  ... yet here you are, reading each and every one of my posts.



Seville
Seville

What do you care about wearing out a welcome? People have been tired of your juvenile bullshit for years now.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Yesawich @Seville  


What makes you think cracking down on lowlife puerile pot punks who ruin it for everyone else is a negative?


Even AMSTERDAM has had enough of the obnoxious juvenile idiocy exhibited by many bong-sucking stoners.


You've worn out your welcome, punk.


Seville
Seville

Yeah, really looks like they are cracking down. LOL.

You try WAY too hard.

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