AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — Beginning in January, all Amsterdam cannabis cafes that are located within 250 meters (820 feet) of a secondary school will have to shut down during school hours, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said Friday.
Thirty-one cannabis cafes will be affected, and the café operators’ association isn’t happy, saying that students under 18 are banned from the cafes.
“This cannot be true,” the association said. “It’s going to cause problems, and distance from a school is a non-issue. This policy is directed at school pupils but the under-18s don’t get into a coffee shop anyway because of the tough controls. But our regulars will have to wait until 18.00 hours.”
Some coffee shop owners fear that this is the first step towards the eventual closure of the cafes.