Brits to be banned from Amsterdam's cannabis coffee shops post-Brexit

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British nationals are set to be banned from Amsterdam’s cannabis cafés when Brexit is complete, according to city officials.

Europeans are permitted to purchase small quantities of cannabis at coffee shops in the Dutch city thanks to the EU’s freedom of movement laws. But now that Britain is leaving the EU that privilege is about to go up in smoke.

“When British nationals are no longer European, they will not be able to use coffee shops,” city council spokesperson Bas’t Aard told DutchNews. “We will roll up a massive cross-media campaign to make them aware of the fact as soon as Brexit happens.”

Experts are saying cannabis-loving Brits won’t have much recourse when it comes to fighting the ban.

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Europeans are permitted to purchase small quantities of cannabis at coffee shops in the Dutch city thanks to the EU’s freedom of movement laws. But now that Britain is leaving the EU that privilege is about to go up in smoke. NATHALIE MAGNIEZ/AFP/Getty Images

“On the face of it, they would appear to have a prima facie case under Article 2 of Protocol no. 4 to the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees freedom of movement, but they’ve kind of scunnered themselves on that one, haven’t they?” said lawyer Tjerk Meier-Kok.

How the new guidelines will be enforced is yet unknown. Experts say punitive fines are a possibility for Brits who flout the rules and opt to pass that black market Dutch instead of purchasing from a regulated source.

Privacy issues are also at play.

“The EU is considering placing portable urinals alongside passport queues so that Brits can be drug tested on entry and exit,’ according to EU senior drug policy researcher Mary Jaine.

No word yet on how this will affect Brits with dual nationalities.

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