Now Banned in Amsterdam: Smoking Pot at School

Kids will just have to take their weed elsewhere

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 12, 2012 9:58 AM CST

(Newser) – It's kind of amazing that this wasn't illegal already: Students will no longer be able to smoke pot in Amsterdam's schools, the city's mayor announced today. Just as amazing: It's the first city in the Netherlands to introduce such a ban, reports the AP. A city rep says that while the schools themselves have always outlawed marijuana, they struggled to actually enforce the policy. Starting Jan. 1, they'll now be considered "no toking zones" under a public nuisance ordinance. Smoke pot on the playground, and police will be able to issue a fine.

Mothers and their children leave a nearby school as a sign prohibiting the use of marijuana in a designated area is seen in Amsterdam, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012.
Mothers and their children leave a nearby school as a sign prohibiting the use of marijuana in a designated area is seen in Amsterdam, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Keep it out of schools, kids.
Keep it out of schools, kids.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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