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The Netherlands cracks down on marijuana tourism

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Your American self might soon be banned from Dutch "coffee shops." At least the ones that sell more than just coffee. The country is apparently pretty fed up with its drugged-out reputation, especially as a go-to vacation spot for stoner tourists. According to a new government plan, cafes that sell cannabis will become private, citizen-only clubs with yearly membership limited to 1,500 customers at each of the country's two-hundred-some-odd pot-friendly coffee shops.

The plan is part of an initiative to promote health and crack down on crime. But critics claim the plan will drive the drug trade underground and hurt the economy and tourism. While the true impact is yet to be seen, the new plan could let you see a whole other side to Amsterdam — a sober one. Try experiencing the Anne Frank House like that.