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Ban on smoking hash in public

24 December 2005 – The De Baarsjes district is to ban smoking hash in public as of 1 February. The measure is intended to be used against young people who cause trouble while hanging around coffeeshops.

The ban will apply to the area surrounding the Mercatorplein. Offenders will be fined 45 euro, or half that amount if they are minors. The district council will be consulted before the ban will be introduced.

The district administration says that minors hang around coffeeshops, waiting for older boys who can buy them hash. Local residents complained about hash-smoking youths who urinate in doorways, plaster doors and pick fights. Seventy percent are from neighbouring districts with few coffeeshops, the district says.

The district claims that a previous ban on drinking alcohol in public has proven very effective. Critics say that the ban on smoking hash is difficult to enforce and that it will distract from more effective ways to deal with youths who cause trouble. Green party AA/DG said that it would make as much sense to ban wearing caps or using mobile phones.

Last Wednesday, the city council approved a measure that authorises Districts to ban smoking hash in public. The measure is an experiment for the duration of one year. Besides De Baarsjes, Zeeburg is considering a ban.

Source: Het Parool, De Baarsjes

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