Smokeless Fire,

image, Thisislondon.co.uk

“In order to tackle the nuisance and criminality associated with coffee shops and drug trafficking, the open-door policy of coffee shops will end,”

These words were stated issued by the Dutch health and Justice Ministers in a joint strongly worded letter to Parliament four months ago. The Laws are coming into force tighter than anyone ever expected after a spate of serious fines and imprisonments most notably a 10million euro fine to a cafe owner who was also sentenced to sixteen weeks in prison. No longer the land of hookers, drugs, cheese and dykes but a country battling to restore its image as Europe’s economies slide and falter. A government committee has declared that cannabis with higher than 15% THC be declared Hard Drugs. Only the district of Maastrict has obeyed the rules of abstaining from selling cannabis to tourists and one wonders that regardless traveling masses will find a way to get what they truly desire.

From 2012 onwards it may be that each cafe of between 1000-1500  adult dutch citizens inclusively will operate similar to a nightclub with members only allowed. The issue of these new laws has put the spot light on the producers of cannabis for commercial use whose status is still illegal, loopholes do exist with a dutch citizen entitled to grow up to five grams for personal use but when it comes to the issue of wide scale distribution and production the authorities have yet to clamp down.

The drug tourism worth 100s of millions of euro to the Dutch economy may go up in smoke or possibly lead to an underground black market of dutch cannabis cafe club members selling their memberships or drugs for inflated prices or for the use of their passports.

Whatever happens over the next five to six months one thing is sure the sex trade in the Netherlands is either braced for a surge in revenue from disgruntled cannabis consumers or a slide from drug tourists who make the pilgrimage to a new more lax nation that is waiting in the wings to take up the mantle.

Dope on a Rope, Galway 2011

From Ros na Run’s, Oisin Mac Coille director of the acclaimed Waiting for Elaine, The Companion  and numerous dark and captivating film shorts such as Ann andBoots comes Dope on a Rope. The film marks Mac Coille’s feature debut and the Cork Native who has made Galway his home in recent years is set to shoot the feature over the coming months.

The film will follow four mid twenties adults in post Celtic Tiger Ireland as they find a means and way to escape the monotony and tediousness of the lives they now live. The feature will delve into modern Irish society and explore the critical issues of current unemployment and substance abuse while tapping into the brain-drain of 2011 Ireland with the Guardian paper  claiming 50,000 young Irish adults will have emigrated by the end of this year alone.

Dope on a Rope will be produced by the vastly experienced Heather Grace Machale from Everchanging Productions and its primary focus will be to act as a window into the mix of cultures and subcultures that coexist  in Galway in this day and age.

Auditions will be held in the coming weeks and more information can be had at the following link


There shall also be an
80’s themed table quiz. Upstairs in Kellys on Bridgestreet.
Prize for best fancy dress

€20 for table of four

Oisins previous work can be viewed on youtube, below and all aspiring actors and cinematic and film heads are encouraged to get in touch.