The Dutch city of Amsterdam, a popular destination for tourists visiting its marijuana coffee shops, will ban public smoking of cannabis on the streets of its red light district. This step will be taken as part of Mayor Femke Halsemová’s campaign to improve living conditions for local residents, TASR informs based on Friday’s Reuters report. Smoking the drug will be banned in a part of the city that is home to strip clubs, sex shops and brothels, Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement on Thursday. The Dutch newspaper Het Parool called this step a “historic intervention”. The city hall announced that the ban could eventually be extended to the terraces of marijuana cafes. Streets of Amsterdam, photo: Unsplash Restrictions will also apply to alcohol “The inhabitants of the old city suffer a lot as a result of mass tourism and the abuse of alcohol and drugs in the streets,” Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement. “Tourists also attract drug dealers, who in turn commit crimes and bring insecurity,” she added. The city also plans to limit opening hours for restaurants, bars and sex workers, as well as further restrict alcohol sales in the red light district. See also: source
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