What non-crazy government looks like

Workplace: Bringing jobseekers and employers together with a smile – The PostI live a few blocks away from Christiania, which is a sort of hippie commune founded about thirty years ago when some, well, hippies, occupied an abandoned naval installation and declared independence from the EU, or EEC I guess, or Denmark, or something. It’s not like I research this stuff. I’ve only been in there once. Anyway, it’s most notorious for Pusher Street, where you can buy hash from a whole row of stands, like a farmer’s market or swap meet. You used to be able to buy narcotics and things as well, but they haven’t been openly sold in some time, thanks I gather to internal pressure. There are big signs saying, “No Cameras” and “Just Say No to Hard Drugs.” The police raid all the time, but with a right-wing government in office the existence of Christiania as a whole is more tentative than usual. There was apparently a bigger raid than usual the other day, and Pusher Street’s days are numbered. The point of this post is, if you are wondering what governmental drug policy looks like when it’s part of a serious and cooperative attempt to build a better society, rather than posturing, moralism, hypocracy, denial, and lies, it looks like this:

'I'm duly impressed that Christiania's residents have, once again, demonstrated their ability to address the problem on their own. But the real challenge remains to bring about a state-controlled hash trade. There are plenty of places where hash is not sold under controlled conditions - and not distinguished from harder narcotics,' said [Unity List justice policy spokeswoman Line] Barfod.