Mellowness of Amsterdam pot cafe culture absent in border towns; 2012 laws not helping

“As U.S. states liberalize pot laws, Netherlands reverses course” reads the title of this Associated Press story — but the issues are not as comparable as the headline suggests. In both countries, advocates for legalizing pot sales and consumption point to the benefit of seeing money flow away from the black market in both marijuana and hard drugs. However, the picture in the Netherlands is complicated by its prohibition of commercial pot production. Pot tourism along national borders makes the legal context dizzyingly complex. Ask the folks in Maastricht.