: AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch smoking ban will come into force in July next year for all restaurants and cafes -- including coffee shops where cannabis is the top attraction, the government decided on Friday.
"Coffee shops will be treated in the same manner as other catering businesses. They will be smoke-free," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told NOS television.
"It would have been wrong to move towards a smoke-free catering industry and then make an exception for coffee shops. People would not have understood that."
Establishments will not in fact have to be completely smoke-free. Proprietors will be allowed to set up a separate room or glass partition behind which people can smoke, but customers will not be served there to protect staff.
"Employees should not have to work in an environment were they are constantly exposed to the harmful effects of smoking," Balkenende said after the cabinet's decision on Friday.
Amsterdam's renowned coffee shops, where marijuana can be smoked openly in a relaxed atmosphere, are one of the city's big draws for tourists.
Coffee shop owners argue that the ban only applies to tobacco and was unlikely to hit them hard.
Whilst commonly mixed with tobacco, marijuana can also be smoked on its own, especially in pipes, vaporisers and other contraptions.
Soft drugs are officially banned in the Netherlands but under a policy of tolerance, buyers are allowed to have less than 5 grams of cannabis in their possession.
You can't read. The article does not say smoking marijuana is banned in the country. The article is talking about places of business. Hence, there is still a reason to go to Amsterdam. One can smoke it elsewhere. I'm really starting to believe people on here are really not that bright. As I read people's comments and not just on this story, people say things that are stupid.
MTO WHO THE HELL CARES WERE IN AMERICA U FUCKING IDIOTS..THEY JUST DID IT TO GET ATTENTION AND TO SHOW OFF THAT DUMB ASS PICTURE..IF YOU ASK ME THEY WANT ATTENTION BUT THEY NEVER GET IT..STUPID ASSES !!! GET A FUCKING STORY !
I DONT SMOKE SO OH WELL. IM NOT VISITING AMSTERDAM BECAUSE I SAW HOSTEL AND THAT MOVIE SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME. AND I KNOW ITS JUST A MOVIE BUT ISH LIKE REALLY DOES HAPPEN SO NO FOREIGN COUNTRY WILL EVER SEE MY BLACK ASS. BAD ENOUGH I LIVE IN AMERICA ENUFF SAID.
I WENT TO SEE IT LAST NIGHT 6/12/07 AND IT WAS NOT BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE SO I REALLY DIDNT ENJOY IT. THAT MOVIE WAS JUST YUCKY AND WHEN YOU SEE IT YOU'LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
@ MONIQUEP & BUTTBREATHBEYONCE
Oh hell yeah. There is a lot of body snatching going on in Mexico alone. A lot of don't make the main news here. If you gotta get your smoke on? Do it here in the USA, at least you know what you dealing with here. Dumbest thing to do, go to another country to do drugs, only to wake up and find yourself in HOSTEL part 3!