Denmark Wants to Import Marijuana From US

By McCarton Ackerman 03/13/13

Copenhagen's council plans to legalize pot on a trial basis—but where to get the weed?

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Could Colorado and Washington's marijuana industry be about to go international? The Copenhagen Post is reporting that the Copenhagen City Council is proposing a three-year trial to legalize marijuana in the Danish capital. The move is based on the belief that legalization could result in decreased gang activity, more effective prevention, and "a better life for average cannabis users.” However, Denmark just doesn't currently grow enough marijuana to sustain the expected demand—so the trial plan suggests importing the green stuff from either Colorado or Washington, the two US states in which non-medical marijuana is legal. But there are other options on the table: “Yes, we are looking at Colorado and Washington, but we are also looking at places like Great Britain, where there is state-controlled production of marijuana for medical purposes," says Mikkel Warming, Copenhagen's deputy mayor for social affairs. "It's possible if there is the political will for it in the United States.” Marijuana is still illegal under US federal law and no discussions have take place on proposed exports. Mason Tvert, a marijuana activist worked to secure the passage of Colorado's Amendment 64 in November, says the concept is so absurd that he thought it was an Onion story when he first heard about it. “Right now, our federal government is right to be focusing on how we can be reconciling state and federal laws,” says Tvert. “Perhaps, in the future marijuana will be a product that will be traded internationally much like beer is imported from all over the world. But at this point in time, there needs to be a focus on establishing these state regulated systems in Colorado and Washington.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.