Posted: Apr 27, 2012 11:41 AM by Kelly Orsini, NBC News
Updated: Apr 27, 2012 11:45 AM
In the Netherlands Friday a court upheld a government decision to ban tourists from buying marijuana in Dutch coffee shops.
The coffee shops are a major tourist attraction in Amsterdam and their owners are against the plan, as is the city's mayor.
A lawyer for coffee shop owners said he'd file an urgent appeal to the decision.
The government plan would issue passes to allow people to enter coffee shops and would essentially turn the shops into private clubs.
Membership would only be open to Dutch residents.
The Netherlands has 650 coffee shops, 214 in Amsterdam.
The government says the plan cracks down on what it calls drug tourists who are drug couriers who buy large amounts of marijuana and take it home to other European countries to sell.
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