Media accounts principally performed it for laughs when a confused pot supplier cluelessly received right into a police automotive outdoors the well-known squatter group of Christiania in Copenhagen on December 21, apparently considering it was a taxi-cab. The cops searched him and located 1,000 pre-rolled joints.
The police assertion on the caper pretty gloated: “Last night a cannabis dealer from Christiania who wanted to get home quickly got into a taxi. He received a big surprise when he realized it was actually a police car he was sitting in. The police officers were happy to see him since he was carrying around 1,000 joints.”
But this overzealous angle on the a part of the cops within the supposedly liberal Danish capital is worrying.
Cannabis in Christiania, Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s The Local notes in its report on the incident that the police have beefed up their presence round Christiania of late, finishing up a number of raids and using drones in a crackdown on dealing within the counter-culture enclave.
A raid on the identical day because the poor joint supplier’s mediagenic mishap resulted in quite a few distributors’ stands inside Christiania being demolished and a number of other kilos of hashish confiscated.
Christiania is a former army barracks squatted as a “freetown” because the early 1970s and formally acknowledged as a self-governing entity by Copenhagen municipal authorities since an settlement negotiated with residents in 2011. But hashish dealing within the enclave has continued to draw undesirable consideration from regulation enforcement.
This newest crackdown on Christiania comes only a yr after the Danish authorities, for but a fourth time, turned down a request by Copenhagen municipal authorities to permit the town to hold out a trial hashish legalization program.
Mayor Frank Jensen of the left-wing Red-Green Alliance and libertarian-leaning Liberal Alliance stated this system was mandated as a measure to undercut unlawful sellers, who’ve been partaking in a spree of unseemly gunplay within the often peaceable metropolis.
Copenhagen started learning the legalization concept method again in 2011. But the nationwide authorities, managed by a right-wing coalition that features the hardline Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti), stays intransigent.
Cannabis capitalism advances
This intransigence should give, ultimately. Even as Denmark’s authorities stays illiberal on “recreational” use, the Scandinavian nation is shifting quickly towards business manufacturing of medical marijuana. Under a regulation handed by parliament on December 18, a four-year trial interval kicks in with the brand new yr, permitting licensed corporations to domesticate hashish for medical functions.
The measure comes as a part of a basic medical marijuana regulation, however exports are foreseen all through the European Union. Many clearly anticipate that Denmark will develop into an necessary middle of manufacturing on the continent.
International business response has been swift. Canadian corporations Canopy Growth and Aurora—typically stated to be rivals—have each introduced joint ventures with Danish companies to domesticate hashish for the European medical market within the city of Odense, at present a middle of greenhouse tomato manufacturing.
The largest celebration within the ruling coalition, Venstre, or the Liberal Party of Denmark, supported the laws. But Venstre is simply “liberal” within the European sense of supporting free markets—socially, it’s fairly conservative. Yet it closed ranks with the left-opposition to move the medical marijuana invoice into regulation. One senses they solely like hashish when it’s underneath the management of respectable capitalists, and never the hippies, squatters and anarchists of Christiania.