The government has proposed legislation that would permit consumption
of marijuana and hashish, acting on findings of a study that showed
use of the substances is pervasive. Under the proposed law, the police
could ignore cultivation and trading of small amounts of soft drugs
and devote more resources to large-scale production and export. The
legislation faces scrutiny by Parliament, where passage is far from
certain.


Newshawk: Amanda
Pubdate: Sat, 10 Mar 2001
Source: New York Times (NY)
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