Dutch coffee shops to become private clubs

The first Dutch coffee shops will become private clubs on 1 May 2012. How will this affect tourists?

The rules on the sale of soft drugs like hash and pot are going to change. Coffee shops will become private clubs open only to residents of the Netherlands. The new rules will apply to coffee shops in the provinces of Zeeland, North Brabant and Limburg from 1 May. From 1 January 2013 coffee shops everywhere in the Netherlands will have private-club status. That means they will be out of bounds to tourists.
To find out more about the new rules on buying soft drugs in the Netherlands, click here.