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Coffeeshops in the Netherlands first closed due to corona virus, now only sales from a pick-up counter

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Coffee shops in the Netherlands first closed due to corona, now sales from takeout counter

Last Sunday, March 15, around 17:30 PM, it was decided in the Netherlands to immediately close the catering industry and also the coffee shops. These additional measures were put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.

When it was announced that all coffee shops in the Netherlands had to stop selling weed, long lines of people arose to quickly score their favorite soft drugs:

Monday (the next day), however, it was decided that the coffee shops may again sell hash and weed, but only from a take-away counter. Customers are now only allowed to pick up weed and not stay in the coffee shops, just like you pick up a pizza from the pizzeria. Delivery is not the intention, because that is not allowed by law.

A complete shutdown, even for a few weeks, is a major setback for the industry as it generates annual sales of approximately one billion euros a year.

In addition, the illegal trade of weed immediately started on Sunday. Mayors of Arnhem and Breda said on Sunday that they had already received several signals about street dealers who offered weed and hashish for high prices.

Partly for this reason, the decision was made on Monday to counter the street trade for cannabis and hashish as much as possible.

Sources ao AD (NL), ModernGhana (EN), RFI (EN), Now (NL), RTLNews (NL)

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