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Published on 30 April 2012  by encod

MAASTRICHT COFFEESHOPS WILL CONTINUE TO REFUSE THE WEEDPASS

Press Release from VOCM [The Union of Maastricht Coffeeshops]

April 30, 2012



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MAASTRICHT - The coffeeshops of Maastricht, united in the VOCM, will continue to refuse to cooperate with the weedpass regulations. VOCM chairman Marc Josemans: "Too much is still unclear about the privacy concerns, but also on the exact requirements of the Minister. Therefore we will not register customers and will continue to sell to anyone aged 18 and older who can identify himself. "

It is still unclear which persons and entities will be authorized to have access to the mandatory membership data of the coffeeshop that the weedpass regulations require. It is worrying that the minister of security and justice indicated on April 27 that he will ignore the critical observations of the Council for Data Protection (CBP), published on April 18. The VOCM is a principal opponent of mandatory registration and permanent storage of personal data. At present, no clarification has been provided to the consumer nor the coffeeshop concerning the question who will be allowed to have access to these records on behalf of the authorities, and what may be done with the data.

The lawsuit

The VOCM will pursue a dual policy beginning May 1st, the day the enforcement of the new rules will start in the south of the Netherlands. At 10.15 AM, Chairman Josemans will refuse a small number of non-residents access to his coffee shop, Easy Going, so they can report him to the police for discrimination. Immediately thereafter at 11.00 AM, the sale will continue as usual to non-residents and residents who do not wish to register. All VOCM members will refuse to discriminate and to register clients.

Drug Runners

Maastricht is now faced with drug runners who have never been spotted in the city before, coming from Liege, eastern Europe and northern France. They are using flyers explaining the new rules that were issued by the city of Maastricht in order to lure tourists! Thus we are rapidly returning to a long gone past where a separation of markets for cannabis and hard drugs did not exist and dealers were controlling the streets.

Symbolic policies

The VOCM agrees with the dozens of mayors, city councils and MPs, many scientists, centres for addiction and consumer organizations who consider the weedpass and the closed club as counterproductive, symbolic policies.

The new rules will not lead to less, but to more public nuisance and crime. Hundreds of jobs are being sacrificed to a project that is doomed to fail and only benefits the illegal circuit. The losers are the residents of our city, the shopkeepers and the many satisfied clients who have been coming here for many years to buy cannabis without any inconvenience, and in a safe, controlled environment, where all rules are strictly followed.

One thing is clear: it will be a long hot summer. According to the VOCM, the weedpass and the closed club are the illegitimate progeny of the failed government of the demissioned PM Rutte. Josemans: "Let’s forget this right wing hobby and focus on the real problem: the "back door". This is the Achilles heel of Dutch cannabis policy. When we finally start to regulate the cultivation of cannabis and supply to the coffeeshops, we will kill three birds with one stone: significantly less crime, huge profits for public health and one billion euro a year extra in the national treasury. "





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  • Wie wil lid worden van een coffeeshop? Hoe kan dat nou eigenlijk? Volgens Ivo Opstelten zijn zij allemaal "criminele organisaties", toch. Je persoonlijke gegevens worden overhandigd aan de politie en Justitie, en je komt in een politiedossier te staan als "drugsgebruiker". Aan wie worden je gegevens doorgespoeld? Komt er dan problemen met je werkgever? Het CBR? Je zorgverzekeraar, je woningcorporatie, je bank, je uitkeringsinstantie? Het verplichte registratie van coffeeshop klanten is zonder twijfel een inbreuk op de privacy van de burger, en is ook zonder twijfel bedoeld door Ivo Opstelten, Edith Schippers, Coskun Çörüz en de rest om mensen te stigmatiseren en intimideren. Ik ben een immigrant uit de V.S., waar ik de American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) heb gesteund. Zij houden zich bezig met civiele rechten en kwesties van privacy zoals deze. Zij herinneren ons aan: “What can be done to one can be done to all”. (“Wat aan de ene gedaan kan worden kan ook aan iedereen gedaan worden.”) 70 jaar geleden waren er hier ook andere gedemoniseerde minderheden verplicht zich bij de politie te registreren. What’s next? Afvoeren en vervolgens de Endlösung? Nee, zo serieus is het nog niet, maar denk erover na. Het discrimineren van coffeeshop leden zou zeker goedgekeurd worden door Ivo Opstelten.

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    • Thanks Nol. This and the blog about pricing are iltnuimaling. In California we only deal with one hoax : you must be physically disabled or otherwise determined by a licensed medical doctor to be in need of the analgesic affects of marijuana. Most doctors take this very seriously as their license to practice medicine is on the line . The dispensaries that I have dealt with also take adherence to the law seriously (if they wish to remain open). The first time you visit you must have a doctor’s letter and a valid California photo I.D. They call your doctor to confirm the validity of your recommendation then issue you their own membership card.Fortunately marijuana is considered beneficial for many ailments and if you have any at all it is pretty easy to convince a doctor that marijuana will help. It is not quite to the stage of Patient: Gee doctor, I am depressed and need marijuana to cheer me up. Doctor: Why are you depressed? Patient:Because I am out of marijuana! , but close, lol.Now the good news: There are no real restrictions on the amount or types of cannabis products which a dispensary may distribute. One I go to has over 30 strains of ganja, a dozen or so concentrates (hash oil, hash, etc), pre-rolled joints and a bakery full of consumables as well as clones and everything one would need for a home garden. It is quite amazing really.There is a piece of legislation working its way through the system which would outright legalize the recreational sale of marijuana. Should that pass I am planning on opening one of the first NL style coffeeshops in this state.Thanks again for the information and be well.Amsterfan (BOhannon)

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