British cannabis consumers can breathe a sigh of relief as it turns out that they won't be banned from Amsterdam's iconic cannabis cafes after all.
A story reported on by a number of reputable news outlets has been making the rounds over the past few days claiming that British tourists will no longer be allowed to frequent Amsterdam's cannabis cafes once the UK separates from the European Union next week. This story, as it turns out, was an April Fool's Day hoax.
The story originated from the English-language outlet DutchNews.nl. The original story claimed that international visitors in Amsterdam are allowed to consume cannabis while they're in the city due to protection by the EU's freedom of movement regulations. However, once Brexit goes through, British citizens would no longer be protected by those regulations and therefore banned from so much as entering one of Amsterdam's famous cafes. None of this is true, however.
The story was revealed as a hoax by the Associated Press on Saturday as part of their on-going commitment to try to weed-out false news stories.
"The story was a hoax that was fabricated for April Fool's Day," Robin Pascoe - founder of the Dutch media outlet - told the Associated Press via email. "Although the story never specifically says it's a hoax, it contained names like 'Wiett Pot' and 'Mary Jaine' as clues."
With the Brexit deadline only a week away, and the UK's continuing struggles with their own quasi-legal medical marijuana markets, it isn't all that surprising that these two topics would come together in the form of an April Fool's joke.
However, for Brits who are perhaps unsatisfied with the way the Brexit deal is shaping up, you'll be happy to know that you can at least still smoke some legal weed on your next trip to the Netherlands' capital.