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In response to the banning of tourists from Amsterdam's coffee shops, Green Party Councillor Ben Duncan has called for Brighton to become the new Amsterdam of Europe by decriminalising cannabis.
Amsterdam's decision to ban tourists from its famous pot coffee shops was a surprising one, since they will inevitably take a hard hit in loss of revenue from tourists. Researchers project that a third of visitors looking to smoke legally in Amsterdam will now stay away.
But fear not, because Green Party Councillor Duncan is on it. "Think of all the millions our shops and hotels would make if all those tourists being turned away from Amsterdam came here to spend their holiday cash instead!"
Duncan goes on to point out "we all know only too well the damage the current drug policy of complete criminalisation of drug use is causing" and urges the people to seriously consider the idea of licensing marijunana cafes in Brighton.
Recently Caroline Lucas MP and the city's top cop, Graham Bartlett have also called for the decriminalisation of marijuana stating that "Cannabis use can be harmful, but all analysis shows that it's much less likely to harm you than, say, driving a car, or crossing a road".
"So what about it?" Duncan asks. "Brighton, the liberal, tolerant, tourist captial of Europe".
Turns out, Brighton would actually be perfect for stepping up as the new Amsterdam of Europe. It already attracts over eight million visitors a year, putting it in the top 10 UK destinations for foreign tourists. Throw in a few weeds shops, and you've got youself a brand new Amsterdam!
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