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News Summary: Dutch gov't scraps `weed pass'

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The Associated Press | November 20, 2012 01:08 PM EST | AP


HIGH THERE: Dope-selling coffee shops in Amsterdam won't keep out foreign visitors any time soon, a relief to tourists who enjoy a toke or two in the Dutch capital.

GRASS IS GREENER: The country's Justice Minister scrapped the rollout of a so-called "weed pass" intended to keep non-Dutch residents out of coffee shops. The aim was to crack down on crime and traffic problems caused by people travelling from neighboring countries like Germany and Belgium to get legal marijuana in Holland.

PUFFERY? Advocates say the coffee shops reduce crime and health problems by regulating the sale of soft drugs.