no--the politicians want it to happen that way, that's all I can conclude from reading. The articles make it sound like this is a done deal, and clearly it isn't. PvdA isn't "for" these changes either--most of their party rank and file want cannabis legalized.
The tabloid article does point out in its headline: "Dutch government wants to stop drugs tourism." Then it makes an authoritarian leap by pointing to the "submission" of this plan to the EU and the UN. The article (& the one on Netherlands Medihemp Ministry) make it sound like this has already been agreed to. It hasn't. No vote on the matter has taken place; it looks like these articles are scare tactics, almost: "Pot tourism to end soon!" or "From January 2006, no weed for foreigners!"
But the truth is it hasn't happened. We in the outside world of course are kept ignorant of dutch politics, but then this article hasn't really surfaced in Holland news much either.
Coffeeshops are part of Dutch policy and Dutch law. That means that changes have to be voted on and approved. And no such thing has happened. Folks, they're just not going to grab you and put you in court for entering a coffeeshop--if it were the "move" that was going to be taken, lots of people would have it in press.
I don't know who this Justice Minister attache is, but whoever he is he deserves to be slapped soundly. To proclaim a policy change without the votes needed and the consent needed to effect it as policy is a major blunder, something that they should be reprimanded for.
This isn't happening. When I log on and see these posts, I can't believe my eyes.