Pubdate: Fri, 28 Sep 2001
Source: Guardian, The (UK)
Copyright: 2001 Guardian Newspapers Limited
Author: Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Plans to open the first licensed Dutch-style cannabis cafes in Britain, 
including one which would specialise as a fast take-away service, have been 
proposed in Brixton, south London. The scheme to open three cafes is 
designed to follow the present six-month experiment under which Lambeth 
police do not arrest people found in possession of small amounts of cannabis.

The scheme has been drawn up by Tim Summers, the organiser of the 
successful annual cannabis campaign marches held for the past three years 
in south London.

"We would follow the tested Dutch regulations that mean no advertising, no 
sale of hard drugs, no nuisance, no alcohol, no sale to those under 18 
years and no sale of more than 30 grammes of cannabis for each 
transaction," he said. "The idea is to supersede the criminal street trade 
by being open long hours, and offering a wide choice of resin and herbal 
cannabis at cheaper prices."

The proposal by the group, Cannabis Action, follows consultation with youth 
workers, residents, and pro-legalisation campaigners. The first cafe would 
offer a licensed 24-hour take-away service which would serve Londoners and 
other "drug tourists"; the second could be under the sponsorship of 
Brixton's Rastafarian community; while the third might attract interest 
from the local hippie community.

Lambeth council said it was not a licensing authority for cannabis and the 
Metropolitan police warned that such a decision would have to be taken by 
the Home Office.

Last week the owner of a would-be cannabis cafe in Stockport, Greater 
Manchester, was arrested before it had opened. Colin Davies was released on 
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