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Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:50 PM

5. Copenhagen is also putting together a legalization plan

(from Nov. 18th)

It's for the city, not the country of Denmark - but, again, other nations are looking at other options.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/8899243/Copenhagen-votes-to-legalise-marijuana.html

The scheme, if approved by the Danish parliament at the start of next year, could make the city the first to fully legalise, rather than simply tolerate, marijuana consumption.

"We are thinking of perhaps 30 to 40 public sales houses, where the people aren't interested in selling you more, they're interested in you," said Mikkel Warming, the Mayor in charge of Social Affairs at Copenhagen City Council. "Who is it better for youngsters to buy marijuana from? A drug pusher, who wants them to use more, who wants them to buy hard drugs, or a civil servant?"

The City Council voted on Thursday night, by a margin of 39 votes to nine, to empower Mr Warming's Social Affairs committee to draw up a detailed outline of how the plan would work.

"We want to make it a little bit more concrete what kind of decriminalisation we want: should it be a public buying system, should there be an age limit?" Mr Warming explained.


If this passes, it will have to be approved by the Danish Parliament. A similar proposal 3 years ago was voted down. Copenhagen already has an area of town in which is now autonomous, Christiania, where, until 2004, cannabis was sold openly on the street.

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