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Comment #7288310 by Finn H. Schoyen

Finn H. Schoyen Jun 13th 2018, 1:44 PM #

In Amsterdam, possession of 5 grams or less of cannabis is not enforced per order of the city mayor.

Other towns and cities in Netherlands seem to follow the same rule to maintain consistency across the nation.

Harder drugs are harder enforced, as they want to make it less attractive to try the harder stuff, and it seems to work down there.

The question is: will it work here?

In United Kingdom, possession of smaller quantities of class c drugs for own use incur a “street caution” for first time offenders and do not go on national criminal databases unless repeat offences have occurred.

Maybe that’s a better solution?

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    Favourite Eric Foley
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    Jun 13th 2018, 2:05 PM

    @Finn H. Schoyen: Yeah. But in Amsterdam, gangsters still make all the big money off weed. Legalising is the way to go.

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    Favourite Joe Phillips
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    Jun 13th 2018, 2:19 PM

    @Finn H. Schoyen: it shouldn’t be an offence to carry and consume 5g of weed though. It’s no use compromising with cautions because it’s still telling people they’re not “allowed” avail of a beautiful, amazing and completely natural plant. Our bodies come with built-in cannabinoid receptors for a reason. We were literally built to consume that plant but, because someone decided they didn’t approve, everyone had to stop. Beyond ridiculous.

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    Jun 13th 2018, 3:48 PM

    @Joe Phillips: In fairness Joe, that’s not a great argument.

    Our body has opioid receptors too, perfectly able to conjure up a response to heroin, that doesn’t mean the stuff is a-OK.

    Cannabis should be decriminalised/legalised I agree – but arguing using the “it’s natural” fallacy will get us nowhere.

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