AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch smoking ban will come into force in July next year for all restaurants and cafes -- including coffee shops where cannabis is the top attraction, the government decided on Friday.
"Coffee shops will be treated in the same manner as other catering businesses. They will be smoke-free," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told NOS television.
"It would have been wrong to move towards a smoke-free catering industry and then make an exception for coffee shops. People would not have understood that."
Establishments will not in fact have to be completely smoke-free. Proprietors will be allowed to set up a separate room or glass partition behind which people can smoke, but customers will not be served there to protect staff.
"Employees should not have to work in an environment were they are constantly exposed to the harmful effects of smoking," Balkenende said after the cabinet's decision on Friday.
Amsterdam's renowned coffee shops, where marijuana can be smoked openly in a relaxed atmosphere, are one of the city's big draws for tourists.
Coffee shop owners argue that the ban only applies to tobacco and was unlikely to hit them hard.
Whilst commonly mixed with tobacco, marijuana can also be smoked on its own, especially in pipes, vaporisers and other contraptions.
Soft drugs are officially banned in the Netherlands but under a policy of tolerance, buyers are allowed to have less than 5 grams of cannabis in their possession.
i dun care...
NOW THAT COUNTRY I USELESS, IVE BEEN THERE AND ITS BORING.....Now nobody has a reason to go there lol.
I dont smoke though...just saying.
wat lol i no i dont smoke im t[SPAM]oooooooooo young lol
i dont even no who the person is they talkin bout lol
lmao at MTO...
who cares smokin is bad no how....
Who the hell is that in that pic?
Who cares? It's supposed to be illegal over here but people still smoke it. lol
You can't read. The article does not say smoking marijuana is banned in the country. The article is talking about places of business. Hence, there is still a reason to go to Amsterdam. One can smoke it elsewhere. I'm really starting to believe people on here are really not that bright. As I read people's comments and not just on this story, people say things that are stupid.
@ njboi, U r so danm right. Errytime i come here reading people's comment, i'm really shock. It's funny to see how people r dumb, illeterate.
MTO WHO THE HELL CARES WERE IN AMERICA U *** IDIOTS..THEY JUST DID IT TO GET ATTENTION AND TO SHOW OFF THAT DUMB *** PICTURE..IF YOU ASK ME THEY WANT ATTENTION BUT THEY NEVER GET IT..STUPID *** !!! GET A *** STORY !
wow i hope they dont want to eventually ban it alltogether..even though i dont partake of the herb ..wink, wink lol!!!
there goes their tourism.
Roll it up light it up smoke! it up inhale exhale
WHY IS BANNING MARIJUANA A BAD THING?
i live there.Its soo freaking boring!PLEASE do NOT go to Amsterdam.
So according to this article it's not just marijuana - but smoking in general.
That seems to be the "socially acceptable" move nowadays...
I DONT SMOKE SO OH WELL. IM NOT VISITING AMSTERDAM BECAUSE I SAW HOSTEL AND THAT MOVIE SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME. AND I KNOW ITS JUST A MOVIE BUT ISH LIKE REALLY DOES HAPPEN SO NO FOREIGN COUNTRY WILL EVER SEE MY BLACK ***. BAD ENOUGH I LIVE IN AMERICA ENUFF SAID.
They're going to lose a lot of tourist because that seems to be the ONLY reason why they go there.
MONIQUEP-You are funny as hell! I feel you though. But I GOTSTA see Hostel II. LOL
WILL NEVER SEE MY BLACK A.S.S. EITHER.
especially the FIRST TWO COUNTRIES.
I WENT TO SEE IT LAST *** 6/12/07 AND IT WAS NOT BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE SO I REALLY DIDNT ENJOY IT. THAT MOVIE WAS JUST YUCKY AND WHEN YOU SEE IT YOU'LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
@ MONIQUEP & BUTTBREATHBEYONCE
Oh hell yeah. There is a lot of body snatching going on in Mexico alone. A lot of don't make the main news here. If you gotta get your smoke on? Do it here in the USA, at least you know what you dealing with here. Dumbest thing to do, go to another country to do drugs, only to wake up and find yourself in HOSTEL part 3!