`No toking' signs banned in Amsterdam


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After an only-in-the-Netherlands legal reverse, the city of Amsterdam said Wednesday it will likely have to stub out the "no toking" signs it introduced in a crackdown on marijuana-smoking youth.

The Dutch government's top legal adviser ruled that the city had no right to establish official zones where smoking weed is banned, since it's already theoretically illegal in the Netherlands.

In practice, possession of small amounts of the drug is allowed, and it is sold openly in designated shops.

When the policy was introduced in 2007, the city put up signs to declare the "no toking" zones. The signs portrayed cone-shaped cigarette being rolled, with little marijuana leaves in the background ? inside a bold red circle. They were stolen so often as collectors' items the city opened its own merchandise line and began offering them itself for ?90 ($125) apiece.

City spokeswoman Iris Reshef acknowledged Wednesday's ruling likely means the signs must go, but she noted it specified the city can still issue fines to young smokers who cause problems.

"The measures we have taken can remain in place," Reshef said. "Just the signs cannot be there."



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That's why we're already in the process of forming our own nation: the Republic of Amsterdam. Expect trams and metro trains filled with explosives to be launched into national government buildings soon. :laugh:

Seriously though, what a retarded decision. In Amsterdam we can give out the same warnings and whatnot but we cannot put op signs informing people about it.

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