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Nov 10 2010

Dutch Police Handing Out Pot Scratch and Sniff Cards

Published by at 1:00 pm under Oddly Enough

You think of the Netherlands being liberal about stuff like weed, but Dutch police are trying a new tactic to curb the growth of the plant, one that is so ridiculous it’s worth writing about.

In a novel bid to combat illegal cannabis cultivation, Dutch authorities start handing out 30,000 scratch ‘n’ sniff cards with a marijuana scent so citizens can tell if their neighbours are growing something they shouldn’t.

“Citizens must be alerted to the dangers they face as a result of these plantations, and if they become aware of any suspect situations they must report them,” Arnie Loos, spokesman for a government-appointed working group on cannabis cultivation, said in the port city of Rotterdam.

Seriously, you think people don’t know what weed smells like in the Netherlands? And they’d actually call the cops if they smelled it? Weed is technically illegal there, but its decriminalized and you’re allowed to grow no more than five plants for “personal use.”

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