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Amsterdam’s drug police refuse to kick the habit

Law and order, Dutch-style means the police smoke cannabis too. Whatever happened to staying alert even off duty?

The Times of London reports:

When it comes to turning a blind eye to cannabis use in Europe’s most tolerant city, police in Amsterdam are demanding the right to practice what they preach.
Officers in the capital of the Netherlands are in open revolt against a new code of behavior that orders them to stop taking drugs in their free time.
… “Police should not be put in pigeonholes in which they can no longer be themselves,” said Hans van Duijn, the chairman of the Nederlandse Politie Bond, the police union. “If you allow people in the country to smoke [cannabis], you would be a hypocrite to say to the police officers, ‘You are not allowed to do that’.

The new rules are due to come in to force on January 1.

Tom Gross — Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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