Amsterdam authorities will ban marijuana smoking in the red light district from May 2023. As stated on site city government, the reason for this was the complaints of local residents about the behavior of tourists.
“[Из-за туристов] the area becomes unsafe and uninhabitable. The ban on outdoor smoking should reduce the inconvenience.” said in the statement.
Residents of the central part of Amsterdam are outraged by the influx of tourists who again began to arrive in the Netherlands after the removal of covid restrictions. At the same time, the authorities are also considering a ban on the purchase of soft drugs at a certain time.
The opening hours of bars, cafes, restaurants and sex establishments will also be reduced. And if these measures do not help, the city authorities may ban smoking on the terraces of coffee shops.