Danish Government Rejects Legal Marijuana

There will be no hash bars or cannabis cafes in Copenhagen at any time in the near future. Over the weekend, the Danish government rejected Copenhagen's request to experiment with legalizing cannabis sales in the city.

downtown Copenhagen (wikimedia.org)
In a letter to the Copenhagen city council, Social Democratic Justice Minister Morten Bødskov wrote that the government was rejecting the request because it feared it would lead to increased availability and use of the herb and because it had been linked to a variety of side effects.

"Because of this the government will not permit the experiment," Bødskov wrote.

City council members, who had overwhelmingly supported the request, said they were disappointed in the decision.

"It’s very disappointing," councilman and deputy mayor for social affairs Mikkel Warming told public broadcaster DR. "The prohibitive policies we have operated under in Denmark for so many years have not worked. You can still buy hash on street corners across the city which also means the hash is mixed up with other harder drugs. Criminals also pocket about two billion kroner a year from the trade."

Warming said he would continue to work for marijuana legalization and counseled patience, noting that it took a decade for parliament to approve a supervised injection room for hard drug users.

"Legalization would limit the gang conflict and it would also give us access to the group of users who have been left to the criminal environment," councilman Lars Aslan Rasmussen told Ritzau. "We had hoped that they would take our proposal seriously, as we have the support of 80% of the city council. Copenhagen has a serious problem because the gang conflict is a result of the trade in marijuana. The gangs turn over more money than 7-Eleven."

With the action by the Danish government, the black market profits of Denmark's hash slingers and pot dealers will remain safe for now.

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hypocritical

The head of the danish government, Mrs. Thorning-Schmidt, used to be an advocate for legalisation before she became real powerful. i not even 10 years ago she supported an initiative in the euopean parliament

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+MOTION+B5-2002-0541+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

reminds me of that nasty Ed Koch character

At the beginning of his career, when he represented Greenwich Village in Congress, he was friendly towards cannabis. As he ascended the ladder to become mayor of New York he turned against it, and refused to seriously discuss it, preferring to just ridicule his opponents. Just another old and in the way bigot, like that other New Yorker, corrupt cannabis hating tobacco addict Charles Rangel 

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