'No cannabis' signs big hit in US

6th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The 'no cannabis' signs produced for a new crackdown on people smoking drugs in public in the Baarsjes district of Amsterdam are selling like hot cakes.

6 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — The 'no cannabis' signs produced for a new crackdown on people smoking drugs in public in the Baarsjes district of Amsterdam are selling like hot cakes.

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A spokesperson for the local authority said 333 requests to buy one of the signs had been received since the council announced the sale last week. About half of the requests come from the US. There have also been offers from Germany, Australia, Singapore and Scandinavia.

The Baarsjes is the first district in Amsterdam to introduce a new bye-law to prevent groups of young people hanging around in public areas to smoke cannabis.  The sign alerting the public to the cannabis-free zone features a hand holding a joint which is emitting puffs of smoke shaped like cannabis leaves.

The signs started to go missing as soon as the campaign was launched last week. Three have so far been taken by souvenir hunters. All attempts to thwart the thefts have failed.

So officials decided to start selling signs for EUR 90 each. The money raised will go to charity. The average waiting time for delivery of a sign is three weeks.

Meanwhile the local authority is trying to find a way to ensure the sign also remains a feature in the Baarsjes 'no cannabis' zone.

People wishing to purchase a copy of the sign should send an email to gj.stolk@movement.nl

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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