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CDA collects coffeeshop complaints

10 March 2007 - The CDA has opened a website where cannabis-selling coffeeshops near schools can be reported. Is it possible to report the local CDA-office as a coffeeshop?

The coalition agreement states that coffeeshops ‘near schools’ will be closed. The CDA already offers concerned citizens the opportunity to take action. At the website (‘weed-free’), coffeeshops within half a kilometre from a school can be reported.

A number of Amsterdam coffeeshops have already been reported, including De Graal at the Albert Cuyp, Los Angeles at the 3e Oosterparkstraat, de Kade at the Stadionkade and Rusland - yes, at Rusland.

News from Amsterdam suspects that its readers might be curious whether it is possible to report the local CDA as a coffeeshop. In itself that is not an entirely absurd idea, since its leader during last year's elections in the city centre was Michael Veling, himself the owner of a coffeeshop (or ‘catering entrepreneur’, as the CDA called it).

News from Amsterdam decided to put it to the test. The procedure is to enter the names and addresses of a school and a coffeeshop, after which the website calculates the distance.

The CDA’s office is at City Hall, so the address is easy: Amstel 1. Since ‘CDA’ is not a credible name for a coffeeshop, this was changed into ‘De Groene Wolk’ (the Green Cloud) - referring to the CDA’s party colour.

The next step was more difficult: find a school within 500 metres. The Roman-Catholic St. Antonius School is just a bit too far.

However, the problem can be solved by treating the Law Faculty at the Oudemanhuispoort as a school; this is within 0.26 kilometres from the CDA office. A previous visitor of had used the same trick to be able to report coffeeshop Rusland.

The CDA website now wants to know an e-mail address, after which a link is sent to confirm the report. “We do this to prevent abuse of this website”, it is explained.

Anonymous jokers may be deterred by this, but after following the procedure, de Groene Wolk is published at the website. Now we have to wait and see how long it takes before it is removed.


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