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Friday, March 7, 2014

As US states allow pot sales, Dutch reverse course

A visitor rolls a joint in a coffee shop in Maastricht, southern Netherlands, in December. While Washington state has moved to legalize the sale of marijuana, the Netherlands is going in the opposite direction, clamping down on its famed tolerance policy toward weed. In Maastricht, attempts to ban foreigners from buying weed have led to a resurgence of street-dealers, while Amsterdam is shutting marijuana cafes located close to schools.