[sixties-l] Denmark: Cannabis Showdown In Christiania (fwd)

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    Subject: Denmark: Cannabis Showdown In Christiania

    Denmark: Cannabis Showdown In Christiania

    Pubdate: Fri, 08 Mar 2002
    Source: Copenhagen Post, The (Denmark)
    Copyright: 2002 The Copenhagen Post
    Website: http://cphpost.periskop.dk/default.asp
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    Author: Howard R. Knowles
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    After years of politicians and police turning a blind eye, the government
    is now demanding the immediate cessation of the multi-million kroner
    illegal cannabis trade in the 'free state' of Christiania.

    Although the Social Democratic-led government introduced far-reaching
    legislation last summer that provided the police with the authority to
    immediately close down the hundreds of small 'hash-clubs' dotting the
    city's landscape, the sale of myriad types of hash and marijuana on 'Pusher
    Street' in Christiania has continued to flourish. One dealer recently
    estimated that the ubiquitous stalls have a daily turnover of anything
    between DKK 500,000 and 1million.

    Conservative Party spokesman Helge Adam Moller is now demanding a reworking
    of the politically agreed 'framework' for Christiania, which will give
    Christiana residents three weeks to get rid of all drugs and drug dealers
    in Christiania, or risk an annulment of the law that has allowed the old
    'hippy' community to live in relative peace from the authorities for the
    past thirty years.

    'We can no longer tolerate the illegal and open cannabis trade that has
    become a part of everyday life out there,' said Moller. 'If Christiania is
    to be allowed to survive, then it has to become as law abiding as every
    other community in Denmark - and if it doesn't, then we'll close it down.'

    A spokesperson for Christiania, Britta Lillesoe, called the latest attack
    on Christiania a typical 'knee-jerk reaction' from right-wing politicians.
    'Instead of trying to criminalise the many thousands of customers who enjoy
    hash every day, why don't they consider legalising it instead,' said
    Lillesoe, who has often organised meetings on the public's perception of
    the drug.

    However, despite residents' constant claims that the free and open sale of
    cannabis helps to prevent users being tempted by 'harder' drugs,
    Christiania continues to suffer from rumours of biker gangs distributing
    heroin within its walls, and as late as last week was the scene of a
    violent 'showdown' between cannabis traders and young immigrants attempting
    to gain a foothold in the attractive multi-million kroner market.

    For the first time in many years, Parliament will begin to discuss the
    thorny issue of Christiania next month.

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