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Opening Arguments

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Scenes from a world gone mad

Coughing and spluttering resonated around Tweede Kamer coffeeshop in Amsterdam yesterday as customers got to grips with new Dutch smoking regulations that prohibit tobacco but not marijuana.

“They're having to smoke pure weed now and they're not used to it,” Frank, working behind the counter, said. “That's why there's all this coughing. It's going to be quite tricky.”

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Jurists added that the 750 or so licensed Dutch coffeeshops could continue to stock and sell a maximum of 500 grams of cannabis, and their customers could continue to smoke it on the premises so long as it is not mixed with tobacco.

I remember from my younger days when, I um, traveled with a certain crowd, some of them (I don't remember their names, honest) would hide their weed in filter cigarettes. You carefeully remove the tobacco, see, replace it with marijuana, then put a little of the tobbaco back in at the end. This technique should be even easier for hiding tobacco in a joint, since it is much finer and looser than marijuana. And the smells should mingle so much that the tobacco smoke will be quite undetectable. Just think of the bonus for those around the smokers: Sure, they get that evil secondhand smoke, but, with the contact high, they won''t mind so much.
(Hat tip to Nancy Nall


Bob G.
Wed, 07/02/2008 - 3:21pm

I saw the story on the BBC World News last evening, and I was ROFL!
Leave it to those wacky Hollanders.

Now...take all the normal looking people away...
and the coffee houses...
and the conservative manner of dress & behavior...
and the ability to speak coherently...
...and you pretty much have most of the SOUTH EAST side of FORT WAYNE.

Wow, is Amsterdam another "sister city"?



Harl Delos
Wed, 07/02/2008 - 5:57pm