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Black Pete heading for black hole Comments Off

Posted on 5 Dec 2013. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Dutch Culture

It’s that time of year again. For about the last month or more, the Dutch press has been full of articles about the controversial Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) characters, the ‘assistants’ of Sinterklaas. more »»

Weed pass saga drags on, causing continuing confusion Comments Off

Posted on 12 Jun 2013. By Alex. Filed under Dutch Culture

After the last election the extremely ill-advised and counter-productive Weed Pass legislation was officially dropped. However only the ‘closed club criterion’ was actually abandoned, other anti-social aspects of the discredited law, such as the ban on non-Dutch residents in the coffeeshops more »»


Weed pass: market economy no-brainer (1)

Posted on 10 Nov 2012. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Dutch Culture

It is worth remembering the economic state of affairs in May 2012, when the now infamous weed pass was introduced in the southern provinces of the Netherlands as a measure to aggressively discourage foreigners more »»


Coffeeshop owners hit the road in protest against disastrous weed pass legislation (1)

Posted on 28 Aug 2012. By Alex. Filed under Dutch Culture

On August 27 the nationwide anti-weed pass (wietpas) tour organised by the Dutch coffeeshop industry visited Haarlem. The main purpose of the campaign is to encourage all coffeeshops and their clients to support the Dutch Socialist Party (SP) in the coming elections. more »»


Reefer madness closes in on Hemp City (3)

Posted on 2 Jul 2012. By Alex. Filed under Dutch Culture

With the early introduction of the infamous ‘wietpas’ (weed pass) in the town of Hoofddorp the forces of cannabis repression draw uncomfortably close to the city limits of Haarlem and Amsterdam. more »»


The Weed Pass (1)

Posted on 29 May 2012. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Dutch Culture

The Netherlands has had a unique marijuana policy in recent decades: it never legalised the soft drug but instead decided to tolerate its use and the existence of ‘coffeeshops’, which more »»


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