This past Thursday, the city council of Copenhagen has passed a measure to fully legalize marijuana consumption. Unlike the cannabis cafés in Amsterdam, where bud is only tolerated, the city hopes to open state run shops where weed would be dispensed by civil servants.
The Mayor in charge of social affairs, Mikkel Warming has argued that it’s better for young people to get their drugs from a state employee rather than a drug pusher who is only interested in getting buyers hooked in harder drugs. The city council apparently agrees, passing the bill by a margin of 39 votes to 9. Marijuana is already commonly sold openly in the Christiania sect of Copenhagen, however it is not decriminalized and people caught possessing marijuana are subject to fines of up to 450 Danish Krones.
Warming is opposed to the Amsterdam model, which he believes would put the revenue in the hands of biker gangs in the city. The bill is being sent to Danish parliament for consideration. Parliament has voted down a similar proposal three years ago. If approved though, Copenhagen will be the first city to fully legalize marijuana consumption.Tweet