From today you can get a fine of 100 euros for smoking weed in the Red Light District

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NOS Newstoday, 07:42

As of today, weed is no longer allowed on the street in the city center of Amsterdam. The rule is intended to reduce nuisance caused by drug use in public spaces, especially by tourists.

The ban applies to the Red Light District, Dam Square, Damrak and Nieuwmarkt. Anyone who lights a joint there and ignores a first warning can be fined 100 euros. The same applies to residents. Terraces of coffee shops are excluded.

Large signs were put up in the city center this week to point out the ban and the fine to people. The municipality previously warned that if the nuisance caused by a smoking ban does not decrease enough, “we will also look into the possibilities of banning smoking on terraces at coffee shops in the area”.

At the end of last year, the municipality presented the measures to reduce the nuisance caused by tourists in the Red Light District. Other measures mentioned earlier are tightening the alcohol sales ban and closing catering and prostitution windows earlier.

According to some residents, it is highly questionable whether the smoking ban will also have an effect:

Smoking ban on Amsterdam’s Red Light District, but some residents are sceptical

The article is in Dutch

Tags: today fine euros smoking weed Red Light District

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