[FoRK] More JB Inflaming

Owen Byrne <owen at permafrost.net> on Sat Mar 29 04:42:44 PDT 2008

Seen this morning


No smoking ... except for cannabis
Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, March 28, 2008

BRUSSELS - Cannabis will be exempt from a Dutch smoking ban that comes  
into force in two months.

Restrictions on smokers in cafes and restaurants will not apply as  
long as cannabis is consumed neat, without tobacco. The exemption  
follows fears that many of Amsterdam's lucrative "coffee shops" would  
be forced to close if soft drug users had to smoke elsewhere.

Liberal Dutch policies, introduced in 1972, on the sale and use of  
cannabis have generated a trade valued at more than $6.1 billion Cdn a  
year. The coffee shops, which draw millions of tourists each year,  
allow users to buy cannabis over the counter and smoke it without fear  
of arrest.

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