CANNABIS users could be “more stoned than ever” because of Holland’s new tobacco ban, health campaigners said last night.
As it became illegal to light up in bars and restaurants, pot users were told they can still smoke joints in Amsterdam’s cannabis cafes – as long as they don’t contain tobacco.
Anti-drugs spokesman Gus Van Tiel said: “They’ll be smoking neat cannabis. When we’re trying to reduce the potency of drugs, it is insane.”
Inspectors will patrol the country’s 750 pot coffee shops to ensure people are smoking only pure marijuana.
A government spokesman said: “The law is to protect non-smokers from the effects of tobacco smoke.
“Inspectors can tell if a joint is pure or mixed with tobacco.”
I am officially opening up a subject for debate with my UK/Dutch and Western European readers who smoke spliffs mixed with tobacco. Is pot (or hash) rolled with tobacco more potent? Does mixing cannabis with tobacco get you higher? Or is tobacco just a convenient means of "stretching" a lump of hash or a finger of weed out into a full-blown spliff. There must be someone who can officially answer this for me.
I tend to think pot mixed with tobacco is faster acting and more disorienting, but I am not a regular tobacco smoker. Spliffs rolled with tobacco also tend to make me sick (nauseated) if I have been drinking alcohol. Anyone out there report similar reactions? What's the deal here?
Thanks to Wouldpkr for pointing this out to me.