Tag: Coffeeshops

Amsterdam wants to transform Red Light District sooner rather than later

Amsterdam Red Light District The city of Amsterdam wants to make haste with its efforts to clean up its world-famous Red Light District.

Reportedly within three years it plans to start expropriating property owners who refuse to close their brothels, Dutch press agency ANP reports. To make this possible the city will soon change the zoning plan for the district. So says Pierre van Rossum, who heads up Project 1012.

Political party: Amsterdammers have the right to be intoxicated

Amsterdam drugs policy Amsterdam should have a more liberal drugs policy, says the local chapter of Dutch political party GroenLinks (GreenLeft).

In the concept of its campaign for next year’s town council elections, GroenLinks makes a case for a marijuana growing operation overseen by the City of Amsterdam. A handful of growers must be permitted to supply the product — provided they use ecological farming methods.

Legal cannabis farms could save Amsterdam coffeeshops, lawyer says

Amsterdam coffeeshops cannabis farms “When I hear about the high-level discussion regarding the legalization of the ‘back door’, I do not understand why the city wants to close 26 coffeeshops,” says Maurice Veldman, lawyer for the 26 coffeeshops targeted by the city of Amsterdam for closure.

Veldman is referring to a suggestion by PVDA, a social-democratic political party in the Netherlands, to set up a number of legal, controled cannabis farms in order to legally supply coffeeshops.

The connection between Amsterdam’s coffeeshops and organized crime

Amsterdam coffeeshops The number of coffeeshops in Amsterdam’s Red Light District will be reduced by 34 percent over the next 3-6 years.

The closures are meant to make a dent in the estimated €21 – 42 million in un-taxed, yearly profits made by organized crime syndicates that officials have documented as being involved on the supply side.

The proposed measure, expected to be accepted by the Amsterdam City Council, is part of a large-scale project to clean up and repurpose Amsterdam’s city center.

26 coffeeshops in downtown Amsterdam must close their doors

Coffeeshops Amsterdam According to the Municipality of Amsterdam the large number of coffeeshops in the center of town create an infrastructure that encourages criminality. The City refers to such establishments as ‘crimogene‘ — a term used to describe functions that encourage ‘promotion or advancement of — or susceptibility to — criminality.’

The closures are part of the Coalition Project 1012, designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam by — among other things — breaking the influence of organized crime.

Reprieve for some Amsterdam brothels and coffeeshops

Amsterdam Korsjespoorsteeg After closing a number of brothels in the Singel canal area, Amsterdam Alderman Lodewijk Asscher tells the city’s town council no further closures are necessary there.

The closures were part of the ambitious Project 1012, designed to ‘clean up’ Amsterdam’s historic city center. The project has met with increasing resistance from locals and town council members.

Asscher also says that a number of coffeeshops scheduled for closure in the Red Light District will be able to close later than originally planned.