No fines have been issued in Amsterdam since the introduction of cannabis prohibition

No fines have been issued in Amsterdam since the introduction of cannabis prohibition

In the two months since the Amsterdam municipality introduced a ban on smoking marijuana in public, police issued no fines, reports Het Parool.

At the end of May, the municipality introduced stricter rules for alcohol and alcohol in parts of the Dutch capital. cannabis consumption to reduce noise nuisance and inconvenience to local residents.

100 euros for a joint of cannabis

For the past two months, anyone smoking weed in Dam Square, Damrak, Nieuwenmarkt or the Red Light District has received a warning or a €100 fine. However, Dutch police have so far not imposed fines under the new rules since they came into force on May 25.

This news is perhaps not so surprising, because Halsema admitted when announcing the amendment in February that it would be difficult to enforce: “Implementation in practice is complex and will always have to be weighed against the other problems in the area at the moment. It has been agreed as a compliance line that violations will be dealt with as much as possible.” That has not been successful so far, because you can count on the fact that a lot of cannabis joints have been smoked in those two months.

Source: iamexpat.nl (EN)



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