Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Cities Solicit Sniffing Snoopers

Scratch and sniff marijuana cards for Holland

"Some 30,000 cards with a marijuana odour are being handed out by Dutch authorities in an attempt to alert citizens to what their neighbours may be up to.

Citizens must be alerted to the dangers they face as a result of these plantations, and if they become aware of any suspect situations they must report them," Arnie Loos, spokesman for a government-appointed working group on cannabis cultivation, told journalists in Rotterdam.

Though it remains technically illegal, the Netherlands decriminalised the consumption and possession of under five grams (0.18 ounces) of cannabis in 1976 under a "tolerance" policy.

Citizens may grow no more than five plants for personal use. Bulk cannabis cultivation and retail remain illegal and are in the hands of criminal organisations in a black-market business worth some two billion euros (£1.7 billion) per year."


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