However, following more than a year without much revenue from overseas travelers, cafes fear that such a ban would make recovery even more difficult, driving out legal businesses and creating a platform for street dealers.
Eve Mcguire, who works at Coffeeshop Reefer, said that without tourists, a sizable portion of the cafe’s revenue would disappear.
Eve Mcguire doubts foreign tourists will be banned from cannabis-serving establishments
“If they were to ban the tourists, 80% of our customers would be gone,” Mcguire told DW. “And not only this, but Dutch people don’t chill in coffee shops. If you’re Dutch, you buy your weed and you go home. The people that chill in coffee shops are tourists.”
Gary Gallagher, the manager of the Amsterdam Cannabis Museum, told DW that even with newly-eased travel restrictions, the amount of cash flowing in is still only about half of what it was before the pandemic.
He believes that due to the amount of money that the industry brings in, such a ban on foreigners in cafes is unlikely to come into effect. Even if officials manage to push the ban through, he and other critics say it would likely push the cannabis industry underground.
Gary Gallagher thinks banning tourists from cannabis cafes is an ineffective measure to curb the influx of rowdy travelers
“I think they can change the rules and not the culture. Amsterdam will have this reputation forever,” he said.
“When they closed the coffee shops for [the] corona[virus pandemic], there were drug dealers on every street corner. So a few days later they reversed the move.”
Meanwhile, Mcguire believes that the chances of such a ban are exceptionally slim. “It’s totally a lie,” she said. “They will never ever let that come to pass.”
She is also concerned that enforcing such a law would be difficult, given the number of non-Dutch European Union residents who work in the city.
“People would have to show residency, but you don’t need residency to work here if you’re within the European Union,” said Mcguire.
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