Coronavirus outbreak has changed the demands of the citizens of Amsterdam. According to them, they are tired of cannabis, sex and mass tourism. In fact, they are taking Coronavirus as an opportunity to impose the long-desired controls and demand the betterment of mass tourism in the city.
Life Before Coronavirus Outbreak In Amsterdam
Before the begining of COVID-19 pandemic, there was a calamity over mass tourism in Amsterdam. It’s inhabitants felt detached due to accumulation of riotous travellers, scattering garbage in parks and in malls. Additionally, there used to be an uproar and public disorder in the historical city center.
Effects Of The Pandemic
Generally, there used to be 55,000 visitors per day in the pleasing, 500-year-old Dutch city. As a result of the pandemic, the number of these visitors drastically dropped to zero.
At the moment, as most of the Europe, the Netherlands is reopening after months of lock downs and restrictions, many people in Amsterdam wants to ensure that the city says “good riddance to mass tourism.” They further want to return to the numbers of visitors as they used to be in 2014, before the circumstances get out of control from low-fare flights, Airbnb and economical trips.
According to reports, half-clothed sex workers in the windows of bawdy houses in small lanes like Stoofsteeg in the red-light district were no more seen. So did the amassment of tourists who used to stare at them.
Coffee shops on historical plazas such as Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein used to sell cannabis, hence, persuading thousands of travellers to visit them. However, the number of these visitors gradually reduced.
In previous years, Amsterdam undertook various steps in order to manage both the quantity and quality of its visitors. So this is not the first time when Amsterdam is trying to instigate sustainable tourism. Also, this further preserves employment.
Nonetheless, as The Guardian simplifies: “Most hotel groups, tour operators and national tourism authorities – whatever their stated commitment to sustainable tourism – had continue to prioritize the economies of scale that inevitably lead to more tourists paying less money and heaping more pressure on those same assets.”
On the whole, the 2020 prediction for international travel before the outburst of the pandemic was an increase between 3 percent to 4 percent.
Amsterdam has one of the extortionate tourist taxes since last year in Europe. Per person per night stay costs €3 along with 7 percent of the price of a room. Airbnb also increased its tariff by 10 percent per night. For cruise passengers, the charges were €8 per person. However, over-tourism had not weekened the numbers in any drastic way.
Amsterdam has only 870,000 inhabitants. According to official analysis, it enthrals more than 19 million overnight visitors per year.
In order to minimize the number of visitors, forbid the establishment of new hotels and levy an increase in tourist taxes, a post-pandemic petition has been signed by 27,000 citizens. This will provoke a city council refrendum to have a discussion regarding the future of tourism in the city.
However, the major aim of the citizens is to limit the number of visitors to 12 million overnight per year.
This might create anxiety or stress among businessman’s who only focus on tourists. But, this proposes a welcome break to all the citizens who felt detached from their city to a great extent.
The proposal wants to change the mind-set that tourists are not visiting an entertainment park but a bustling city with a diverse neighborhood economy.
This proposal includes:
- Reduce the number of coffee shops selling marijuana along with a clean up of the red light district,
- Foreign visitors cannot buy drugs,
- No extensions in current hotels and a complete or limited ban on holiday rentals,
- New increase of the tourist tax and re-evaluating it after every half of the year,
- Using extra revenues from the tax to withstand tourism issues and further improve the quality of life of the citizens.
According to a survey by Amsterdam’s research, information and statistics office, around 42 percent of the British visitors refused to return to Amsterdam quite often if they cannot buy cannabis over there.
Whether the reduction in the number of visitors due to COVID-19 pandemic has numerous economic consequences for local businesses, the residents on the other hand are appreciating and adoring this break.
Cannabis Found Effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects
Recent Researches on Cannabis revealed its efficacy in Treating Pain with zero side-effects. A survey conducted as a part of this researched showed that patients experienced relief using cannabis for pain.
An Effective Substitute of Opioid
The survey also showed that Cannabis has greatly substituted Opioid. Opioid is a harmful drug which is used for managing pain. Previously, Opioid was the only drug effective in treating pain. However, it had a lot of side-effects. It causes drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, and constipation. It can also cause slowed breathing, which can lead to overdose deaths.
The daily use of cannabis in patients showed prolonged improvements in pain management and increased quality of life. In just a short interval of only three months, patients began to feel improvement in overall physical and mental health.
Effectiveness of CBD Oil in Pain Management
CBD (Cannabidiol) exists as a chemical compound which is obtained from the cannabis plant. Moreover, it decreases the pain with no development of any mind-altering or psychoactive effects. Additionally, CBD oil is produced by the extraction of CBD powder from the cannabis plant. Recommendations involve the use of olive or coconut oil, as a mixture, for better use.
The latest studies on CBD oil have unveiled its neuroprotective, anti-seizure, and pain relieving qualities. Owing to its remarkable impacts on the human body, several celebrities are advocating for CBD.
Worldwide Legalization of Cannabis
It is essential to note that 33 states of the U.S. have legalized the use of medicinal Cannabis. Moreover, 11 states have legalized the use of medical Cannabis. With the legalization of Cannabis, the demand and supply of cannabis increased by multifold.
Cannabis has proven to be extremely useful in treating various medical conditions especially depression, anxiety, insomnia and PTSD. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a winner in treating breathing conditions as severe as asthma.
COVID-19 & CANNABIS
In view of the recent pandemic, COVID-19, Cannabis has also found its utility in speeding up the recovery of COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that has infected over 11 million people in the world. It is a cause of nearly half a million deaths worldwide. Medical marijuana has helped many people recover from the deadly disease.
In the view of the situation, many different countries have also relaxed their laws on the use of cannabis and cannabis related products. COVID-19 very badly affected economies all around the world. Tax revenues generated by the sales of Cannabis might help lift the deflating economies.
DANGERS of Cannabis
Cannabis plant consists of 2 major compounds; CBD (Cannabinol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While CBD is responsible for relaxing and calming the brain and nerves, THC is responsible for the ‘buzz’ or ‘high feeling’. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) acts on the specific receptors in brain cells and slowly deteriorates our brain.
However, Cannabis is an extremely useful drug if used in optimal amounts.It is highly effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects.
Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed To Death
The Cannabis activist Julian Stobbs, who struggled for several years in order to legalize personal marijuana use in South Africa, has been killed in a robbery at his Lanseria farm near Johannesburg. This incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning.
According to reports, Stobbs and his wife, Myrtle Clark better known as the Dagga couple fought a battle through courts in order to legalize cannabis. The police put them behind bars in 2010 for growing and smoking cannabis. As a result, after their release, they filed the case in the court.
The Incident Of Robbery
The couple was asleep in their home located just outside Johannesburg when the burglars entered their home. They further entered into the couple’s bedroom and shot and stabbed him to death.
Myrtle didn’t get any physical injuries. The burglars took everything in the house along with them. This includes two cellphones and two laptops.
According to a statement on the Dagga couple Facebook page, the South African cannabis community is grieving over the death of such a courageous warrior.
The family is appealing that the people must respect their privacy at the moment. Moreover, the public must allow Myrtle and the family some space during these tough times. Further, they are quite grateful for the love they have received from the public up till now.
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A Courageous Warrior
The killing of Stobbs might prove to be a huge calamity for the cannabis society in South Africa. A long-time South African cannabis activist and businessman Tony Budden told that Stobbs and Clarke were quite determined to aware people about the plant and its benefits. The citizens called him a courageous warrior. He was the one who never got scared to stand up for what he truly believed in.
Arrest In 2010
A few years back in August, 2010, police swooped the couples home. As a result, they were accused of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling it in the market. Clarke later told about the raid that all that the officers found was a middle aged couple in their pajamas and some quantity of cannabis.
The police arrested them after a five-hour trial in their kitchen. Stobbs further told that the police put a revolver on his cheek when he was sitting in the lounge. Clarke stated that: “The more we thought about it, the more we realized this was a gross invasion of our privacy. This is about sovereignty, it’s about cognitive liberty, it’s about the very freedom of our minds.”
Tour To Various Other Countries
The couple travelled the whole South Africa in order to give statements to rural and farming communities. They introduced their manifesto through which they decided to develop a way for freedom of cannabis in South Africa.
They further travelled to United Nations in New York to spread their message at an international level. Moreover, they even appeared at hearings on the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to further pass on their message.
Both of them also studied the current cannabis laws all around the world. They made an attempt to convince international experts to attest on their behalf about the health impacts of cannabis. Stobbs also admitted that he started smoking cannabis several years ago. According to him, the ones who use drugs have rights as well, they are not animals and must not be imprisoned.
Consequently, the police stopped arresting adults for growing cannabis for their own use.
No More Imprisonment For Possessing Marijuana In Austin
Austin Police Department recently made an announcement on Thursday. According to this, the department will no longer issue court orders or take anyone into custody for possessing marijuana.
According to a memo from Police Chief Brian Manley, the officers will no longer arrest people with enough identification for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offences. However, they will only arrest people for misdemeanor marijuana possession if it poses risk to a person’s safety.
Moreover, arrests will be made if it is part of a drug offence case or in an inquiry of a vicious offence. The officers shall seize the substance, note down a report and dismiss the person with no pending charges.
Austin City Council’s Resolution
At the beginning of this year in January the Austin City Council passed a resolution. The council successfully directed the Austin Police Department to stop arresting the individuals until and unless it poses the threat of personal safety.
Hence, the announcement made on Thursday clearly suggests that APD has made a few amendments in its policies. Particularly in order to act in accordance with the council’s resolution.
Manley’s memo explains that the council passed the policy of no longer arresting Austinites for low-level marijuana possession due to other statewide resolutions as well. He further points to a June 10 Texas House bill that permitted the production, manufacturing and trade of cannabis crops and products.
Manley told that after the city’s ruling, Texas Department of Public Safety made a demonstration. They would no longer receive and accept misdemeanor marijuana cases for lab analysis. He further explained that there was a gradual decrease in the citations from 2017 to 2019. The citations in 2017 and 2019 were 1,557 and 332 respectively. In addition to this, the number of arrests reduced from 319 in 2017 to 54 in 2019.
In 2010, the officers arrested Austin Zamhariri for marijuana possession. Last year in April, he told that this arrest has made his life quite disturbed ever since. Due to the arrest on his record, he was not able to find jobs and accommodations. Neither was he able to obtain financial aid for college.
Zamhariri stated that: “It makes you feel like a criminal and there’s nothing different about me than any other Texan. There are thousands and thousands of Texans across the state who do not deserve to go to jail for a little amount of marijuana.”
Member of the Austin City Council, Greg Casar responded in a statement, recommending the move towards racial justice in law enforcement.
According to him, recently in 2017, Black Austinites were seven times more prone to be arrested than White Austinites for possession of marijuana. This happened even when both races use cannabis at the same rate. Hence, thousands of the citizens of Austin were unnecessarily arrested for marijuana possession in the previous years.
A report from ACLU in April clearly revealed that all in all, Black Americans are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than White Americans.
No doubt, in every single state and more than 95 percent of the counties contains over 30,000 people in it. Among them, at least 1 percent of the inhabitants are Black. The arrests are more common among Black people rather than among White people.
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