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Employees roll joints behind the sales counter at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary, which is to open as a recreational outlet at the start of 2014, in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013. Medicine Man was among the first batch of Denver businesses which received their licenses allowing them to legally sell recreational marijuana on Friday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Denver mayor to learn about Amsterdam pot rules

  • Associated Press
  • April 4, 2014 - 10:28 AM

DENVER — Denver's mayor will visit Amsterdam next week partly to learn about marijuana regulation in the country that led the way in pot liberalization.

The city announced Thursday that Michael Hancock and other officials plan to meet with representatives of Amsterdam's municipal government during a trip mainly focused on economic development.

The Netherlands recently has taken a harder line toward marijuana, including banning tourists from visiting coffee shops where pot is sold. Amsterdam still allows tourists in the shops but has been closing ones near schools.

The mayor and his delegation also will tour the Netherlands' main international airport and visit London during the trip.

Hancock plans to meet with London Mayor Boris Johnson to talk about the city's experience hosting the Summer Olympics and learn more about its "Tech City" initiative.

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