Dutch government to pay damages to cannabis cafe owners

The Dutch government has been ordered to pay damages to owners of cannabis cafes in the south of the Netherlands.

A court in The Hague said new measures imposed by the government that have turned cafes into members-only clubs - barring foreigners - were too harsh.

The amount the state must pay in damages is still to be determined.

But the court also said other measures preventing "drug tourists" from crossing into the Netherlands to purchase drugs were legitimate.

Anna Holligan reports.


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