A new crackdown on cannabis cafes in Holland has been announced after a wave of drug-related gangland violence.
The measures include shutting many cafes, using tax and accounting laws to seize criminal assets, and introducing a “members only” pass system for remaining cafes.
The government had previously floated the idea of a nationwide pass system that would make it difficult for tourists to buy the drug, despite the country’s famed tolerance policy which allows sale and possession of small amounts of weed.
Last week, a home in Eindhoven was hit with machine gun fire and the mayor of Helmond went into hiding because of death threats. Police say both matters are drug-related.