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Copenhagen’s Christiania section is already friendly to marijuana, but not to hard drugs. Cannabis could be legalized in January.

​Marijuana could soon be legalized in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, after the city council voted overwhelmingly for a plan to sell cannabis through state-run shops and cafes.

The scheme, if approved by the Danish Parliament at the beginning of 2012, could make the city the first in Europe to fully legalize, rather than just tolerate, marijuana consumption, reports Richard Orange at The Telegraph.
Pot is already openly sold on the streets of Christiania, a self-proclaimed “free town” in Copenhagen’s city center, despite the forced closure of the neighborhood’s Amsterdam-style coffee shops in 2004.

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What do you do if you have a thriving cannabis tourism industry pumping lots of money into the economy? Shut it down, if you’re the Dutch.

​The Netherlands is poised to shut down its thriving cannabis tourism industry which has been an economic boon to the country for 34 years. European Union judges have ruled that Dutch authorities are not violating European single market laws by barring foreigners from buying the cannabis and hashish that are sold in the country’s famous marijuana “coffee shops.”

The restrictions, aimed at discouraging “drug tourism” from Belgium, Germany, and other places, have so far been implemented only in border towns but will soon be extended across the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, popular with British pot tourists, reports Bruno Waterfield at The Telegraph.
The EU ruling was requested by the Dutch supreme court, the Council oif State, after Marc Josemans, who owns Easy Going Coffee Shop in Maastricht, sued after being forced to close for breaking the “no foreigners” rule.

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Five of these? Yes, please. (Super Silver Haze sativa/indica hybrid)

​​The government of the Czech Republic in eastern Europe will allow ordinary citizens to grow up to five marijuana plants starting Jan. 1, 2010.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Jan Fischer defined “personal use” amounts of cannabis and other drugs, clarifying the nation’s new penal code that will decriminalize cultivation and possession of pot. 
While marijuana will remain technically illegal, possession will be punished only with fines comparable to those imposed for parking tickets, Sean Carney at the Wall Street Journal reports.
​What constituted “small amounts” for personal use was previously undefined. Police and the courts loosely interpreted the laws on a case by case basis, often resulting in home marijuana growers being jailed.