Friday, June 11, 2004
Tokers welcome here

I love this one. Police in Portugal, showing extraordinary good sense, have instituted a “Here We Blow” policy for an upcoming soccer game they are hosting between rivals England and France. In an effort to head off the ubitiquous violence that accompanies these games, cannabis consumers will not be hassled or arrested but anyone intoxicated on alcohol will be refused entry to the stadium.

Dutch police used a similar policy in Euro 2000 and England’s hooligan element were too stoned to fight.

A Lisbon police spokeswoman said: “If people cause a problem through drugs and become a menace then police will take action. But when this doesn’t happen why should the police be the ones making the fuss?”

So much for the theory of Reefer madness.


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