Amsterdam to ban marijuana in the school playground

Amsterdam city council is to impose a blanket ban on the smoking of marijuana in school playgrounds, and may extend the ban to playgrounds in parks and in residential areas as well, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

The ban means schools will be able to involve the police if teenagers are caught smoking on school premises.
While it is up to schools to take initial steps, the police can be brought in to deal with repeat offenders, mayor Eberhard van der Laan told the paper.
The government is also planning to raise the age at which teenagers can buy cigarettes to 18, which will further strengthen the position of schools which want to stamp out smoking altogether.

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