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Dutch Coffee Shops In Modern Times!

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You won't believe this but it's true :) ....

Dutch coffee shops introduce fingerprint ID!!!


Some Dutch coffee shops, which sell marijuana in small quantities for personal use, are introducing fingerprinting technology to check the age of customers.

The shops are not allowed to sell to anyone under the age of 18. Coffee shops currently require photographic ID for proof of age.


Read the whole article here! : Dutch coffee shops introduce fingerprint ID

Isn't this just fun???
 

Mutt

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Thats crazy/ That would be like americans getting fingerprinted to buy a bottle of liqour or cigarettes.

Did they say why they are doing it. wouldn't the Photo ID be enough?
 
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The article says "Customers must first register with the shops, but personal details will not be stored."
That makes it even more ludicrous. A lot of registering to be done if you go coffee shop hopping.
It seems like every day some country figures out a new way to screw with their citizens.
 

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It's strange indeed, but in the past coffee shops have been closed because they sold to minors. In Rotterdam a big Sensi cafe has to close its doors because of this and it is still closed, it's what I know the biggest Sensi cafe in Holland.

So, it's an important issue here.
 

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**** atleast you get to buy weed.out in america ,theres no cofee shops.
we replaced those with houses
 
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I would imagine that it is an important issue there. It is an appalling situation anywhere.

Do you think that the matter is to conform more to the European Union or is it really just a bad idea born in Holland because of the underage sales?

I wish you all much luck.

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Yes, it has defenately to do with the Europeen Union. All the countries are pushing The Netherlands to tighten our laws, especially France. And I think they still are doing a good job because they are pushing us to have the same laws as the other countries.

We can not tell what's going to happen, and i'm afraid it isn't getting any better here.
 
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France again. What the **** is wrong with that country. The world had to save them in WWI, WWII, and Vietnam. Then they want us to be like THEM. They are truly amazing.

Frankrijk moet sterven

Cheers MarPas

Ogof
 

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as long as they keep sending my seeds over here ,i dont give f
 
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bongsmoker said:
as long as they keep sending my seeds over here ,i dont give f
If they are doing this. They could press for closing some shops; or worse; start giving breeders a harder time and the flow of seeds would STOP!
Then what?
 

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Frankrijk moet sterven
LOL

Well, maybe we should start a manual how to great killer seeds. If everyone has this information people can grow their own quality seeds. :D
 
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I think you may be on to something there. We do need an easy to follow guide to grow out for quality seed stock. I have read a couple of books on the subject of breeding cannabis. Way over my head.

Regards
 

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**** atleast you get to buy weed.out in america ,theres no cofee shops.
we replaced those with houses
"Starbucks" is doing well here..:p

"France"...somehow that figures.
 
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Hick said:
"Starbucks" is doing well here..:p

"France"...somehow that figures.
lol..

The fingerprint ID thing sucks though..but i still wish america WAS able to have those type of coffee shops..now THAT sucks...at least its legal...
 
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Technically, in the Netherlands, it is NOT legal. It is tolerated. There is a term for it but it
alludes me right now.
 

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The whole MJ craze is non existent over there where it's allowed, unlike here in the States it's so "cool" and the thing to do. ****, alcohol is the same way. If it is illegal then it's wanted and fought for and I feel if it were legal the craze would die out as it proved itself safe, beneficial and profitable.
 

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WHile im at it I hate to think MJ will never be legal due to citizen votes, demands or outlashes; it rest in the hands of the 2% that control 98% of policy. Let's hope things go in our favor.
 

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Ogof said:
Technically, in the Netherlands, it is NOT legal. It is tolerated. There is a term for it but it
alludes me right now.
Take a look at this January, 2005 article:

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/breaking_news/13527533.htm

Dutch take sober look at pot laws

Marijuana can be sold and smoked in the Netherlands, but not grown or shipped. Wider legalization is debated.

By Ken Dilanian

Inquirer Staff Writer

AMSTERDAM - Paul Wilhelm speaks about marijuana the way a vintner might discuss wine. He talks of aroma, taste and texture, of flowering periods, of the pros and cons of hydroponic cultivation.

Wilhelm's connoisseurship might earn him a long prison sentence in the United States, but here in the Netherlands, he's just another taxpaying businessman. He owns a long-established pot emporium - the Dutch call them "coffee shops" - where customers can sidle up to the bar, peruse a detailed menu, and choose from 22 variations of fragrant marijuana and 18 types of potent hash.

Business got even better after Wilhelm's shop, the Dampkring, was featured in 2004 in the film Ocean's Twelve.

And yet life is not as simple for Wilhelm as it is for the pub owner down the street, thanks to the contradictory nature of Holland's famously liberal drug laws. Though the business is duly licensed and regulated, to run it properly he is forced to flout the law on a daily basis. While the Netherlands allows the sale of small amounts of marijuana in coffee shops, it is still illegal to grow marijuana, store it, and transport it in the kind of quantities that any popular shop requires.

Last month, the Dutch parliament began debating a proposal to change that by launching a pilot project to regulate marijuana growing. It was the brainchild of the mayor of Maastricht, a city near the German and Belgian borders that is plagued by gangs of smugglers. Proponents argue that legalizing growing will drive out most of the criminal element and boost responsible purveyors.

"The current policy is schizophrenic," Wilhelm said. "Under the rules, we can only keep 500 grams in the shop at any one time, so that means I have to have more delivered every few hours. And if the delivery guy gets stopped, they take everything, and he gets arrested."

For years, that odd state of affairs seemed to work well, because it allowed the Dutch to tolerate marijuana without having to risk the opprobrium that would come from legalizing it. But organized crime has come to play an increasing role in production, the government has found.

A majority in parliament has come out in favor of the bill to decriminalize growing, reflecting widespread Dutch comfort with a liberal marijuana policy. But the ruling Christian Democratic Party, which has increasingly tightened the rules on coffee shops, opposes it. Analysts expect the government to block implementation even if the measure passes.

"It won't solve anything," said Ivo Hommes, a spokesman for the justice ministry. "You will still have a large amount of people that will grow marijuana for illegal sales and for international export."

Though they consider the bill a good first step, Wilhelm and other coffee-shop owners agree. What they really want is full legalization of cannabis. Polls show that a majority of Dutch support that, but the government says it would run afoul of the international narcotics conventions that the Netherlands and most other nations have signed.

Whatever the fate of the legislation, the Dutch debate underscores a schism in the developed world over how to deal with drug use.

Even as the United States continues to spend tens of billions of dollars each year fighting a war on drugs that lately has included an increasing number of marijuana arrests, much of Europe and Canada have instead opted to treat drug use as a public-health problem.

While no country has gone as far as the Netherlands and allowed open sales of marijuana, in most of Europe possession of small amounts of cannabis, and even cocaine and heroin, merits only a fine. And penalties for drug dealing are far lower than in the United States.

Rejecting the approach that has filled America's jails with nonviolent drug offenders, Europeans and Canadians have embraced the concept of "harm reduction," which argues that illegal drug use is impossible to stamp out, and therefore the best public policy is to minimize the damage to society.

A central tenet of this approach is giving out clean needles to drug addicts to prevent the spread of HIV - something that remains controversial in the United States but is common in Europe and Canada.

But it goes further: Several countries allow government-funded "consumption rooms" for drug users, to provide them with social services and dissuade them from using drugs on the street. And at least four countries - Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain - have programs under which the government gives heroin to hard-core addicts and lets them inject themselves in a government-sponsored facility.

That idea is profoundly controversial, but the Swiss, who pioneered the practice a decade ago, insist that it has dramatically reduced drug deaths and street crime by addict participants, who no longer have to steal or mug to feed their habits.

Antonio Costa, an Italian who heads the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna, has little patience for Europe's tolerant stance, which he believes is behind a recent upswing in cocaine use in the region. While overall European drug use has never been as high as that in the United States, American rates have been falling while European rates have been rising.

Many other Europeans, though, shake their heads at what they consider a moralistic, absolutist mind-set among America's drug warriors.

It's not that there is no common ground: Even the Dutch arrest drug smugglers (including marijuana traffickers), and in July the Dutch government signed a cooperation agreement with Washington.

But the Dutch coffee-shop policy is grounded in a belief that is anathema to American drug enforcers: that cannabis is no more harmful than alcohol. Dutch experts argue that this remains true even though much of the marijuana grown these days is far more potent than the kind smoked by the flower children of the 1960s.

American officials have long sought to discredit Europe's more liberal drug policies, and the Dutch experience in particular - sometimes with a selective use of statistics.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, for example, takes aim in an anti-legalization paper on its Web site under a subheading, "Europe's More Liberal Drug Policies Are Not the Right Model for America."

The agency points out that from 1984 to 1996, marijuana use doubled among 18- to 25-year-olds in Holland. What it doesn't say is that marijuana use in the Netherlands has been stable since then, and it remains lower than in the United States, which has seen use rise from a low in 1992.

Indeed, 30 years after the Netherlands began allowing open marijuana sales, only about 3 percent of the Dutch population - or 408,000 people - use marijuana in a given year, compared with 8.6 percent - or 25.5 million - Americans, according to the most authoritative surveys by both governments.

Dutch health officials say there is no evidence that the country's tolerant marijuana policy encourages use of harder drugs, which here is about average compared with the rest of Europe, and far lower than in the United States. To the contrary, proponents argue, the policy is designed to separate hard drugs from soft, because coffee shops found selling hard drugs are shut down.

In the United States, meanwhile, the war on drugs has increasingly become a war on pot.

A study of FBI data released last year by a Washington-based think tank, the Sentencing Project, found that between 1992 and 2002, marijuana arrests rose from 28 percent of all drug arrests to 45 percent, while the proportion of heroin and cocaine cases dropped from 55 percent of all drug arrests to less than 30 percent.

The rationale behind such a crackdown mystifies Dutch cannabis aficionados such as Wilhelm. He doesn't argue that marijuana is harmless. But he sees every day that it can be enjoyed recreationally and responsibly, just like alcohol.

"I've got three daughters, and I want to know that if they do try marijuana, they're not going to get it where someone is going to offer them some cocaine or an ecstasy pill," Wilhelm said. "I don't say that marijuana is healthy, but it's there. You can't close your eyes and think that if you lock everybody up, it's going to disappear."
 
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HK-Buddy

Thanks man. That was a very informative article.

Cheers
 

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