Photos: Top five things marijuana tourist Michael Hancock will learn visiting Amsterdam
Denver mayor Michael Hancock isn't the likeliest marijuana tourist. Recall that he ripped Amendment 64. Nonetheless, he and other Denver city officials will visit Amsterdam next week in part to learn more about the city's approach to weed.
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Apparently, Hancock and company haven't heard of this little thing called the Internet. But we're to help. Here are the top five things Hancock can expect to learn during his trip, largely culled from the official websites for Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
Contrary to popular belief, drugs of all sorts remain illegal in the Netherlands, and according to the country's drugs policy page, "those found selling, producing, dealing or in possession of these drugs are liable to prosecution." However, the page's author opines that "soft drugs, such as marijuana and hash, are less damaging to health than hard drugs, such as ecstasy and cocaine." As such, assorted substances are treated differently under what's popularly known as the Opium Act, as seen in this summary:
• Schedule I lists the substances classified as hard drugs, for example heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and GHB.Continue to keep counting down the top five things marijuana tourist Michael Hancock will learn visiting Amsterdam.
• Schedule II lists the substances classified as soft drugs: cannabis products (hash and marijuana) and sleeping pills and sedatives such as Valium and Seresta. According to the government, these drugs carry less serious risks than the hard drugs listed in Schedule I.