Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Crisis in Amsterdam

"AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - There's a whiff of crisis in the air at the Dutch Health Ministry: It's sitting on a pile of pot that it just can't sell.

The Netherlands rolled out a program last year that allows patients to buy prescription marijuana at any pharmacy. Some medical insurance policies cover at least part of the cost, but often not enough to offset the pharmacy price.

In a country where any adult can walk into a "coffee shop" and smoke a joint for much less than the government price, many say the experiment is a bust.

"I think it's a shame that they can't deliver a cannabis product a little bit cheaper than the coffee shops," said David Watson, head of Hortapharm, an Amsterdam-based company licensed to research and develop cannabis for pharmaceutical use
." " Yahoo

For shame! Poor Amsterdam! If South Africa wasn't too busy trying to get cheap/free ARV's into the market, dealing with enormous poverty, rampant crime and widespread corruption, maybe we too could stress about the price of our weed. Hey Amsterdam - stop bitching, and find some real problems to whine about.

In other news, Paris Hilton has broken a nail. Friends and family are devastated.

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