A Dutch smoking ban will come into force in July next year for all restaurants and cafes — including coffee shops where cannabis is the top attraction, the government decided on Friday.
“Coffee shops will be treated in the same manner as other catering businesses. They will be smoke-free,” Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told NOS television.
But there is a pseudo-silver lining. Okay, more like a grayish lining with a slight metallic tingle:
Establishments will not in fact have to be completely smoke-free. Proprietors will be allowed to set up a separate room or glass partition behind which people can smoke, but customers will not be served there to protect staff.
Right. At what cost to small businesses?
But I digress as this wasn’t meant to discuss the politics of the decision but rather the ingenuity of Amsterdam-ians (?) to inadvertently replace the skirting of one illicit substance abuse policy by redeveloping an entirely different substance to abuse.
Dutch students have invented powdered alcohol …
The latest innovation in inebriation, called Booz2Go, is being sold in 20-gram packets that cost â‚¬1 to â‚¬1.5.
Top it up with water and you have a bubbly, lime-coloured and -flavoured drink with 3-per-cent alcohol content.