Dutch Government Ruins Amsterdam for Backpackers

The Netherlands' right-wing coalition government announced yesterday that it will ban tourists from weed-selling coffee shops by the end of the year, effectively giving the finger to backpackers everywhere. And while we generally support liberal drug laws, and have no fondness for Geert Wilders' anti-Muslim Freedom Party, we don't really blame the Dutch for wanting to limit drug tourism, given that it attracts the most annoying people on the planet.

But it does pose a problem for those selfsame people: Rising college seniors in America, who, when they visit Amsterdam on their big post-college eurotrip next year, will be limited to actual sight-seeing, and, like art and stuff. The Rijksmuseum! How horrible! At least they'll still be able to walk through the red-light district and look nervously at the window prostitutes.

[Reuters; image of Dutch coffee shop via AP]