TABACCO BAN IN DUTCH COFFEE SHOPS-MARIJAUNA SMOKING STILL ALLOWED

June 28, 2008

AMSTERDAM — Starting next week, you’ll still be able to legally smoke a joint in the famously relaxed coffee shops of Amsterdam — but for a cigarette, you’ll have to step outside.The new law prohibits smoking in bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs to protect people from secondhand tobacco smoke. It is similar to bans that have swept across Europe since Ireland made pubs smoke-free in 2004, as well as restrictions across the USA.

The contradiction here is that the ban extends to coffee shops in the Netherlands that are renowned since 1976 for letting people buy and smoke marijuana or hashish without being arrested……..READ FULL STORY http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080627/a_pot27.art.htm

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