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420 Smoke-outs in Amsterdam on April 20st 2012


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On April 20st 2012 many people with an affection for cannabis from all over the Netherlands and from many international countries are coming to Amsterdam.

They are coming to show that they will not let themselves be discriminated against by the Dutch government.

The new Dutch ‘Weed pass-policy’ discriminates the Dutch against equal other Dutch persons by not letting them into any other 'Private Coffeeshop Club' than the one that they officially registered with as a member.

By doing so, this policy pushes the Dutch cannabis user into illegality.
If they are not in their own municipality where they are registered at a coffeeshop, they will have to turn to the street-dealers.

Foreigners are being discriminated against on the basis of their country of origin or where they reside, for unfounded reasons, which state, amongst other things, that the nuisance around Dutch coffeeshops is caused by the coffeeshops themselves.

The tourist will be denied access to the coffeeshops but will still be able to smoke and carry up to 5 grams of cannabis in the Netherlands without running into serious legal consequences

Logic result: The tourist will also turn to the illegal street business.

The foundation and main pillar of the Dutch tolerance policy was originally the protection of common public health, with the additional goal of separating the markets between hard- and soft-drugs.

The Dutch coffeeshops were chosen as the best option to establish this separation.

Those who wanted to enjoy cannabis could come together in these places to light up a pipe or smoke a joint in a safe and protected place where they could rely on clean quality herb in a controlled environment.
Good information was available, and they were not forced to turn to street-dealers who, besides selling doubtful and inconsistent quality weed, also carried various hard-drugs.

Previously any person (above 18) who would want to try cannabis was able to walk into the coffeeshops where they would not come into contact with hard-drugs.
Now this person will be completely reliant on street-dealers.

It's extremely doubtful that any Dutch person would register for a 'Private Coffeeshop Club' using their personal identity documents, just to try cannabis once.

Of course, some cannabis users will stop smoking when they have to register for 'Private Coffeeshop Clubs’, but the majority will turn to illegal street-business.

The new 'Weed pass-policy’ pushes the Dutch as well as visiting cannabis-loving tourists onto the streets and into illegality.

This is in total contrast with the basic principles upon which the tolerance policy towards cannabis and coffeeshops was founded.

Dutch Minister Opstelten of justice and safety:
“The new policy will not be enforced until May 1st, 2012!”

And this is why coffeeshoppers and cannabis loving people from the Netherlands and many international countries will converge on Amsterdam on April 20st, 2012.

To experience what may well be the last chance to enjoy 4-20 with the freedom to smoke and buy cannabis in the Dutch coffeeshops, and to let the Dutch government hear they will not abide/give in? to their discriminating demands.

That day most probably Smoke-Out's will form in various locations as a protest against the new discriminating Dutch policy on cannabis and coffeeshops.
e.g.: It is likely that other 420 Smoke-Out protests will appear on the same day in various locations, all showing their dissatisfaction with the new discriminating Dutch policy on cannabis and coffeeshops.

Peter Lunk, Cannabis Activist
Dutch Coffeeshop FAN! and medical user.
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