Cannabis is set to be banned in Amsterdam’s red light district under new laws coming this spring.
Taking effect in mid-May, the regulations will make it illegal to smoke weed on the streets of the Dutch capital.
Local authorities pushed for the changes to improve the city for residents, who have long been irked by huge numbers of nuisance tourists.
Other measures will see sex workers having to close earlier at 3am, while restaurants and bars now need to close by 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
No new visitors to the red light district will be allowed in after 1am.
Almost all councillors voted to support the laws, according to local media.
They are part of a wider effort by the Dutch capital to cast aside its reputation as a place of debauchery and position itself as a cultural hub.
Councillors plan to launch a ‘stay-away’ campaign alongside the regulations to discourage tourists from coming for sex, drugs and drink.
In December, Amsterdam announced plans to stop cannabis sales on the weekends, shut down brothels and limit the number of stag dos.
It also wanted to tighten rules on Airbnb’s short-term lets and introduce a tourist tax at peak months.
Alcohol sales, already heavily restricted, are targeted by the new law.
It is currently illegal to drink alcohol in public spaces across Amsterdam, but shops will now have to hide it from view from Thursday to Sunday after 4pm.
The Dutch capital is notorious for its coffee shops and window prostitution, which attract millions of tourists from around the world each year.
Locals complain that the large numbers of visitors using drugs and alcohol drive up crime rates, while worsening the character of the city and their quality of life.
Brits are some of the rowdiest visitors and they have long irritated the city’s 880,000 permanent residents.
It is a criminal offence to possess, make or sell drugs under current laws in the Netherlands.
However, coffee shops are only allowed to sell cannabis under certain conditions because of the country’s ‘toleration policy’, such as they do not create problems in the local area.
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