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Dope update

18 Jul

As you may have seen, the European Court of Justice made its ruling on the case I mentioned on Tuesday regarding Dutch authorities closing down a coffeeshop which sold marijuana to foreigners.

The ruling, from Advocate-General Yves Bot, caught some commentators by surprise in that he said that the move was not contrary to the free movement of goods because cannabis is not a legal substance.

In fact he went further, stating that the Dutch clampdown was necessary to keep public order which he said was threatened by floods of tourist crossing the border to buy drugs.

This was a commonsense ruling. It is ridiculous to suggest that banning the sale of a substance that is illegal in other countries is someway discriminatory.

Well done Monsieur Bot.

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