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Dutch back off marijuana restriction

THE HAGUE — Marijuana-selling coffee shops in Amsterdam will not be shutting their doors to foreign visitors any time soon, a huge relief to the hundreds of thousands of tourists who enjoy a toke or two in the Dutch capital alongside their excursions on the canals and to the museums.

Amsterdam welcomed Tuesday’s changes in the national government’s drug policies as a green light to let tourists keep using the city’s 220 cafes that sell cannabis, marijuana, and prerolled joints alongside cups of coffee.

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