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    While Amsterdam coffeeshop owners hope to be able to work out a political compromise to remain open for non-Dutch, it looks like the rest of The Netherlands will quickly move to embrace these court-ordered changes to their business model.
    Let’s hope that this past High Times Cannabis Cup Awards will not be the last!
    From the Huffington Post
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Long famous for “coffee shops” where joints and cappuchinos share the menu, the Netherlands’ famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke.
    A judge on Friday upheld a government plan to ban non-Dutch residents from buying marijuana by introducing a “weed pass” available only to residents.
    The new regulation reins in one of the country’s most cherished symbols of tolerance – its laissez-faire attitude to soft drugs – and reflects the drift away from a long-held view of the Netherlands as a free-wheeling utopia.
    For many tourists visiting Amsterdam the image endures – and smoking a joint in a canalside coffee shop ranks high on their to-do lists along with visiting cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum.
    The city’s left-leaning Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is hoping to hammer out a compromise with the national government.
    Coffee shops also have not given up the fight. A week ago they mustered a few hundred patrons for a “smoke-in” in downtown Amsterdam to protest the new restrictions.
    A lawyer for owners, Maurice Veldman, said he would file an appeal against the ruling by a judge at The Hague District court, which clears the way for the weed pass to be introduced in southern provinces on May 1.
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    That's really a low blow! Well there goes Amsterdam's tourist trade! UP IN SMOKE! (but only in dark alleys) !


    - Bert, I want NORML to have a thread on every cannabis forum & post every petition on these threads! I haven't found that anywhere. Does the law have some kind of a hold on that? I can imagine no other reason this hasn't happened already. If we could make this work, it could mean thousands of more signatures. So what do you think?
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    Sorry, too late to edit. My last post was meant to read...' I haven't found that anywhere BUT HERE! But still no petitions.
    - Are there legalities preventing this? NORML (MPP & ALL organizations) should be posting their petitions everywhere! I'm a member of another forum who welcomes this idea. The NORML employee/intern I spoke with was enthusiastic about it too. I emailed MPP about starting a thread of petitions on that site too, but haven't heard back. So NORML has the other sites contact info, & vice versa. Trying to make things happen. Maybe you could tell me if this action is permissible by law. What can I do to make this happen at all the sites? PLEASE Bert, HELP ME!

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