Amsterdam To Ban Pot Smoking At School

AMSTERDAM (December 12, 2012)--The city of Amsterdam, which is famed for its marijuana cafes and easygoing approach to toking up, plans to ban pot smoking at schools.

City spokeswoman Iris Reshef said the move is necessary because stoned students are a problem at some schools.

Schools have always forbidden the drug, but found it difficult to enforce the rule because of the country's tolerance policy.

Under tolerance, pot is technically illegal, but authorities cannot prosecute people for possession of small amounts.

After a change in national law, the city can now ban the drug at schools under a public nuisance ordinance, and police can levy fines against students who break the rules.

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