Friday 27 May 2022

Compromise on cannabis club passes ‘on its way’, says AD

Politicians in The Hague are working on a compromise proposal to end divisions over the introduction of the wietpas, a membership card for cannabis cafes, the AD reports on Thursday.

The paper says sources indicate the chance of the card being introduced nationwide from January 1 is very small.
The compromise would end the obligation on cannabis cafe owners to register users and would allow people to buy soft drugs all over the country. However ‘foreigners’ would be refused entry, the paper says, without defining whether this also includes foreign nationals officially resident in the Netherlands or just tourists.
Justice minister Ivo Opstelten has described the new system, introduced in the south of the country in May, as a ‘great success’ but there have been numerous reports of increased street dealing and other drugs-related nuisance.
Labour and the VVD are currently in talks on forming a new government and the wietpas is one of the areas where agreement still has to be reached. The VVD wants to press on with the new system but the Labour party is opposed.
Opstelten is due to publish an official evaluation of the new system later this month.
Are you in favour of relaxing the new rules? Have your say using the comment box below.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.