Originally Posted by ElasticNinja
Well US states do have powers to legislate on a lot more stuff than is the norm in federal-states. Like they can just ban the export or something. In the Netherlands they have really tightened things up, like restricting sales to Dutch nationals and stuff.
I'm from the Netherlands. There are some issues over here since in some border areas there were problems with foreigners crossing the border simply for buying weed. In order to put an end to that the government decided that the stuff could only be bought by Dutch citizens who have to get a "weed pass" and will be registrated to get it. Officially sales are not restricted for them, but the idea of getting registrated doesn't appeal to a lot of them.
In some cities this caused the next problem, because the sales transferred to the streets and became illegal that way. The final word has not been said about all of this.
For example: the mayor of Amsterdam (of course) doesn't feel the need for this pass at all. Think of all the tourists who come to Amsterdam only for the so called "coffee shops" (for those who don't know: this has nothing to do with coffee).
And by the way: it appears that in Washington and Colorado the amount of stuff that can be bought per person is higher than in the Netherlands!