lundi 25 juillet 2011

Netherlands: Sale of anti-cannabis signs

In February 2006, the city of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands (780,152 inhabitants in 2011) tried to ban smoking cannabis in some areas. The mayor led the Labour mayor Job Cohen Marinus, born in 1947 in a liberal Jewish family-placed signs provided for this purpose. But they were stolen so they created a craze.
The city authorities have planned to market what has become the first sign anti-cannabis.
The prohibitory sign represents a well stocked enclosed swimming in thick smoke marijuana leaves decorated with white, all circled in red.
More than 400 people have contacted local authorities to buy one of these panels, sold 90 euros, excluding postage. Customers come particularly from the United States, Singapore, Australia, Scandinavia and Germany.
The profits from sales will be donated to a charity yet to be defined.
Possession of small amounts of soft drugs are legal since 1976. You can buy up to five grams in the coffee shop, shopping with a special license to trade.
Consumption in private places is tolerated. Consumption in public places is subject to stricter regulation: no disturbance of public order, no consumption in the presence of children (schools, public transport).
Since 1999, mayors can make orders prohibiting the consumption of drugs on the street.
In Amsterdam, there is a chain coffee shop, the "Bulldog's". These institutions are highly tourist places.
The supply of coffee shop remains illegal but tolerated, given the role of these institutions in the Dutch policy on drugs.
Amsterdam was placed at the forefront of the news not for economic or commercial reasons, but due to the tolerance of the city towards the use of soft drugs, making it a city of choice for the hippy generation.

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