Substance Abuse

Copenhagen Considers Marijuana Legalization and Importing From Colorado and Washington

Officials from Denmark’s capital are planning to make another push to legalize marijuana and they are exploring the possibility of importing the drug from the US states of Colorado and Washington.

On Friday, Copenhagen officials will be presenting the city’s marijuana legalization plan at the City Council cannabis conference. Mikkel Warming (Enhedslisten), deputy mayor for social affairs, told The Copenhagen Post that the conference aims to put pressure on the national government to convince parliament that the legalization of cannabis is a good idea.

“This is common sense,” he said. “As local politicians, we are closer to reality. The ban on cannabis has failed. People can get it anywhere, it is mixed with harder drugs and it finances crime.”

Warming said they are considering Colorado and Washington for where they could import marijuana. Although they have not formally reached out to officials in the two US states, they’re hoping to “address practicalities” with Peter Holmes, the city attorney of Seattle, Washington, who will be one of the main speakers at Friday’s conference.

The city is proposing a three-year trial, arguing that “the legal sale of cannabis will result in decreased gang criminality, more prevention and a better life for average cannabis users,” according to prepared documents from the council.

“If we get the trial, which would be a three-year experiment, we will try it and then see what the results are,” Warming explained. “If it is successful, we will work towards permanent legalisation in Copenhagen and the whole of Denmark.”

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