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Netherlands to ban tourists from marijuana coffee shops

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Court in the Netherlands has upheld a new law to ban foreign tourists from entering cannabis cafes.

The ban is due to start in three southern provinces next month, and go nationwide by the end of the year, BBC reported.

The decision is based to the situation that many tourists visit the Netherlands only for drugs, and there have appeared foreign dealers selling illegally at home.

There are about 700 coffee shops, as they are called, in the Netherlands. The cultivation and sale of soft drugs through them is decriminalized, although not legal; police generally tolerate possession of up to five grams of cannabis.

The ban will not concern Dutch residents who will still be allowed into the cafes, as long as they have valid identification.

Meanwhile coffee shop owners are planning to lodge an appeal against the new law, as they think it will cause enormous losses for their business.

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