Amsterdam without marijuana coffee shops? Is nothing sacred?
On July 1, the Netherlands becomes one of the last European countries to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.
The Health Ministry says the ban will apply to cafes that sell marijuana, known as coffee shops. But this being Holland, which for centuries has experimented with social liberalism, there's a loophole: The ban covers tobacco but not marijuana, which is technically illegal anyway.
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