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Dutch Coffee Shops May Not Sell Pot To Foreigners
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Dutch Coffee Shops May Not Sell Pot To Foreigners

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Dutch Coffee Shops May Not Sell Pot To Foreigners

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The European Court of Justice says Dutch authorities have the right to ban coffee shops from selling pot to foreigners. The idea is to stop foreigners from entering cafes that sell pot. Officials were tired of drug tourists coming to town just to get high.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

The Netherlands is cracking down on a special kind of immigration. The Dutch are tired of tourists who come just to take advantage of the lax laws on smoking pot. Now, a European court has upheld a signature Dutch initiative. The Dutch authorities are allowed to ban foreigners from cafes that sell marijuana. Only locals may enter those establishments after they obtain a document that's being called a weed passport.

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