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Feeling a little light headed?

13 Jul

This is joint decision

The extent of the EU’s commitment to people’s freedom to buy and sell without barriers could even be extended to marijuana.

The European Court of Justice is due to rule on Thursday on whether a Dutch law banning “coffee” shops from selling dope to foreigners is, well, not in the spirit of European unity.

Council officials in Maastricht, in the south of the country, shut down the Easy Going cafe for selling the drug to a person living abroad.

The idea behind it was that they didn’t want hordes of tourists coming into town to buy weed – but their tough stance backfired.

The owner of Easy Going appealed the ruling and won in the Dutch courts before the matter was referred to the EU.

Judges will have to decide whether the EU’s laws on free movement of goods and a ban on discrimination between citizens from different European countries extends as far as a substance that isn’t even a legal commodity.

Johnny says: “Can I just get a coffee?”

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