Copenhagen votes to legalise marijuana

Marijuana could soon be legalised in Copenhagen, after the city voted overwhelmingly in favour of a scheme that would see the drug sold through a network of state-run shops and cafes.

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?”

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  1. darkcycle says:

    I was cheering right until I got to one of the most patently stupid things I’ve recently heard: “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?” Ummm, if this new revenue source is tapped, as this politician knows it will be, then the Government will be the “pusher”. And any businesses success will be measured by it’s PROFITS, no matter who runs it. That nonsense just pee’s me off.

    • darkcycle says:

      ‘Course, it sure is beautiful…

    • Francis says:

      Seriously, “pusher” is such a stupid term — especially when applied to sellers of recreational drugs. I mean, talk about a product that sells itself. (Now if you were talking about those guys who hawk timeshares, I’d say “pusher” doesn’t go far enough.)

      As far as answering the question: “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?”

      Um… I think I know what the answer is supposed to be, but are we allowed to consider customer service?

      • claygooding says:

        Since we know what it is like to be served by a public servant at the DMV for car tags,I wonder how long the lines will be at the pot shop?

        • Duncan20903 says:

          When I got my Kentucky Driver’s License in 2005 in Elizabethtown KY I was in and out in 20 minutes. Filled out the form, picture, plastic license card produced, paid the fee, done. I was literally the only person in the place. There was no DMV in KY in 2005, you get your driver’s license from the Clerk of the Court in the county seat. I got a parking ticket in E-town once for an expired meter. Gosh I had a great belly laugh when I opened it and it was $5. Just drop the fine and the ticket in the convenient lockbox at the parking lot’s exit. The people of Kentuckiana actually slow down for green lights because “they might turn yellow, you never know.” It really was a different world there. Might still be for all I know.

          Has anyone else ever noticed that half of Kentucky is ucky?

      • Duncan20903 says:

        Francis, it might lose something in the translation. Them furriners never do know how to talk American rite.

        • allan says:

          it’s pronounced ‘merican… and say it with ‘tude. But it does make me wonder… what ever happened to “buy ‘merican” and “Made in ‘merica”… such a long ways we’ve fallen, lordy lordy.

          My old Grampa Semu used to talk about how exciting it was when a car drove into Santa Barbara. Dirt roads, board walkways, his family used to travel in a buckboard wagon… and now? We have piles of crap but nothing of value. Liberty has been sold off. Freedom? They locked it up under the Patriot Act… we’ve come a long ways and gotten nowhere. Two centuries and a few decades ago a heavy governmental hand was thrown off. It’s a fine tradition.

          People aren’t just aware (and by people I mean them, the “normal” folks that haven’t spent years of their lives studying this issue like we have) and they don’t remember that we’ve had police chiefs and politicians calling for our (drug users) deaths! They’ve arrested us by the millions, shot us, thrown us in prisons, jails and forced/coerced rehab. And they’ve done it all along under the Flag of Lies.

          Every little move like Switzerland’s and Copenhagen’s (Portugal…) is another mocking of the Emperor and those new duds. I tell ya, they’re painting themselves into an ever tighter corner. The raids in the west are the lashing out of a dying beast. We just need someone to deliver a final, devastating blow.

          Lies are unsustainable. They don’t work in life and they most certainly do not work as public policy. They win only if we stop.

        • Duncan20903 says:

          I’m still betting on the Founding Fathers genius. I’ll admit I wish I had held out for better odds.

          It’s still a free country as long as you do what your told to do.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      Hush now DC, let’s not spoil the moment with xenophobia. Those people prefer having the government run their lives and they have to live somewhere. Hands down the best way to insure re-legalization AND guarantee that the prohibitionists are subsequently marginalized in their efforts to re-criminalize is to get the bureaucrats budgets expanded with freshly minted tax revenue. Just ask Betty Yee of the California B.O.E.

      Another day, another domino.

      Are we there yet?

    • Dave says:

      Do not confuse Danish civil servants with any other country.
      They for the most part ARE interested in the wellbeing of the community they serve not self enrichment. This is what makes Denmark so unique and awesome.

  2. claygooding says:

    Dang,,Kerli is going to rack up the frequent flyer miles if these people keep this up,,Switzerland and now Copenhagen,,

    • Duncan20903 says:

      Isn’t Copenhagen somewhere near Sweden? It’s 56 kilometers from Helsingborg, Sweden. Is 56 kilometers a long way? It’s only a couple of inches on the map but you have to take a ferry.

  3. allan says:

    Danish… yummm…

    Them wacky Danes…


  4. Cletus Awreetus says:

    There’s a lot of “could”s and “if”s in the story. If it pans out, the Soylent Corporation will squash them within months.

    • claygooding says:

      While Copenhagen’s vote hasn’t happened yet,the Swiss have already passed the first legalization law and it goes in effect Jan 1,2012,,4 plants per adult in a household,,no mention of a commercial market for it but that may be Copenhagen’s plan,,they sell it and pick up Swiss customers too lazy to grow their own.

  5. darkcycle says:

    It’s the shaking foundations, Cletus. The whole damn house is falling down. Who cares if they secure this one china plate?

  6. Gart says:

    I do not know how much support will the proposal carry within the Danish parliament, or whether the proposal itself is realistic in its plans to make it not only a public buying system but more significantly, to make the importation of marijuana legal . But if it manages to be passed, it would really represent a ground breaking scheme, for, I hope I am not mistaken, it would be the first time marijuana will be allowed to be supplied by a foreign supplier.

    To say that I am intrigued by the idea, the mechanics and the practicalities of procuring it from outside Denmark would be a total understatement. One thing is for sure, the repercussions of such an scheme would be seismic and would deal a fatal blow to the prohibitionist regime.

  7. vickyvampire says:

    Yes Beautiful Denmark good. Vox Day said recently that Michelle Bachmann has crazy eyes are Michelle Leonharts eyes a little crazy over this news.

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