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Blowverbod not effective

23 August 2006 – The ‘blowverbod’ prohibiting the use of marihuana in the Mercatorplein area is not working. This concludes Metro newspaper on the basis of interviews with local residents. “What? Do we have such a prohibition already? Well, never noticed it!”

The blowverbod was introduced to cope with youth urinating in public and causing other sorts of problems. According to a resident, urinating against walls still takes place, “but most often this is done by an older gentleman”.

Various residents say that youth still smoke marihuana in public, but that this causes no problems. They “always leave immediately if you ask them politely”. There are complaints however at the Hudsonhof centre for the elderly. An employee: “Elderly people come here and they always have something to complain about. That surely did not change as a result of the blowverbod!”

The district says that five people have been fined since the introduction of the blowverbod. “So we think that things are going excellent, but after the summer we will publish an interim evaluation”. A positive outcome is important to maintain support for the blowverbod.

The conservative VVD party agreed reluctantly with the blowverbod at the time of its introduction. “The VVD in the Baarsjes is not convinced that the intended blowverbod will solve the problems, but it wants to give the police one year to prove us wrong”.


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