We have won!!!!

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Since the hated Opstelten wietpas presented, the criticism of the air. Not only from the coffee shops in some cities such as Amsterdam in the border region and a considerable revenue decline coming, but also of the municipalities. Venlo, for example, against, and Den Bosch, Breda, Eindhoven and Tilburg. They fear that the illegal street trade in soft drugs by the member registration is increasing and that has implications for the quality of life in their city. In Venlo all stories around that criminals are buying houses on which they will soon be illegal trade companies.

The Haarlem coffeeshop owners are the first to have announced that they will not enter the wietpas. They recently held a survey showing that only 12 percent of their customers want to register. This is not enough for you to live.

But, law is law and must be followed, that says a spokesman for the Ministry of Security and Justice. "The mayor is responsible and who should take action. As a last resort, he can close the coffee shop. "

A small matter of tipping it over the fence. At the national level is something private and local government is saddled with it. And now it gets interesting. Because it is left to the municipalities, it may be that Mayor Hoes of Maastricht else will take action against unruly than Mayor Rombouts coffee shop owners of Den Bosch.

The municipality of Haarlem, the coming months how the introduction of the new law goes in the south. "We must in Haarlem has to decide how we will act," explains Peter from Renske, spokesman for the city of Haarlem. "That the City Council the last word in, because the sanctions set down." The most drastic measure to the coffee shops to close, it seems inappropriate, because the trade in sofdrugs than going underground.

In the south, two months before the introduction still not clear how the municipalities will respond to disobedient coffeeshop owners. Talked about which there is pressure between the mayors, the Minister and the Public Prosecutor. Spokesman Arnoud Strijbis of the Eindhoven explains that Mayor Van hostage by the Minister has constantly referred to the enforcement problems that will arise.

Yes, the mayor will have to maintain, he or she can use administrative or he calls for help from the Prosecution and then it goes through the criminal law. Administrative law can be used as public order and safety are at stake. It is doubtful whether a refusal to wietpas to enter the public order and security and thus harm is sufficient for a coffee shop to close. The expectation is that as long legal procedures will be conducted in the court case here about it.

According Strijbis can go in any direction with enforcement because the criteria for this have yet to be determined by the mayors and the Minister. In a letter from Minister Opstelten on 15 December he sent to the municipalities, state inter alia that "the mayor maintains the new drug policy in consultation with the Public Ministry and police, in accordance with local priorities. Not a very clear indication. That is he does when it comes to the origins of illicit drug markets. These should be directly addressed.
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