A small group gathered outside the City Hall, where a conference was held on the city’s ambition to decriminalise cannabis
Samual Pollas (left) and Jannik Andersen, both 17, thought it was “crazy” that cannabis wasn’t already legal (Photo: Peter Stanners)
“I’m not psychotic!” a young man shouts from the back of the City Hall’s banquet room, where around 150 people have gathered to hear about the city’s plan to implement a trial legalisation of cannabis.
The man’s outburst arrived after a politician said she was concerned that more people would smoke cannabis, and subsequently suffer mental health problems, if the trial were to go ahead. Continue reading
The Copenhagen Model will see the production, sale and consumption of cannabis legalised, but many questions remain
The conference was the latest attempt by mayor Frank Jensen (Socialdemokraterne), centre, to legalise cannabis in Copenhagen for a trial period (Photo: Peter Stanners)
The tide is turning against the criminalisation of cannabis. Portugal, the Netherlands and several US states have to varying degrees decriminalised its use and now Copenhagen has decided to join the movement with a three-year trial to decriminalise the drug.
But while city officials envisage Copenhagen undertaking the world’s most ambitious decriminalisation project – both the production and sale would be legalised – large questions remain about what shape the so-called ‘Copenhagen Model’ would actually take. Continue reading
Reform of grant system will encourage students to start university younger and finish faster while cutting amount paid to those still living with parents
Higher education minister Morten Østergaard (Radikale) presenting the governments reform of the student grants system SU today
Students living at home and those who take too long before starting post-secondary education stand to lose the most in the government’s reform of the student grant system (SU). Continue reading
While Hedegaard’s attacker remains at large, many speculate that his attempted assassination was to silence his controversial views on Islam
Lars Hedegaard said he would rather die than give up his right to free speech
Yesterday’s assassination attempt on historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard elicited a strong reaction from Danish media outlets and politicians, who uniformly offered the 70-year-old their support. Continue reading
MEP says British PM’s plans for more flexible EU are wishful thinking, though an expert argues Cameron is not alone in demanding greater leeway for member states
British PM David Cameron called for an EU that allowed member states greater flexibility
The EU has reached a turning point following British prime minister David Cameron’s highly anticipated speech about the union this morning, according to legislators and policy watchers in Denmark.
Police pressure leads to closure of downtown cafe for cannabis users, but its owner’s mission to decriminalise the drug may have only just begun
As is evidenced by the photograph, Khodr ‘Cutter’ Mehri enjoys smoking cannabis and has vowed to keep up his struggle to decriminalise the drug (Photo: Peter Stanners)
Khodr ‘Cutter’ Mehri is a pro-cannabis activist and provocateur. Through his Facebook page he publicly advertises his exploits: growing high-quality cannabis in his cellar, smoking it openly on the street, and rolling smokeable ‘joints’ while travelling on aeroplanes. His campaign is to decriminalise cannabis, and his strategy is to normalise its use to such an extent that laws banning the use of cannabis will seem out of step and obsolete.
Despite graduating from a Danish university, speaking Danish and having a Danish husband, Flavia Oregon has been told to go home’
Flavia Oregon with her 18-month-old son Camilo may be returning to Peru far sooner than they had anticipated (Photo: Peter Stanners)
A Peruvian woman who has lived in Denmark for the past 10 years and that is married to a Danish man with whom she has an 18-month-old son, has been told to leave the country by January 12. Continue reading
My friend Lærke Bagger knitted these pieces for her final Bachelor project at the Danish Design School. Entitled ‘Through the Never’ and inspired by Metallica, they’re moody and tough and extravagant. We took these photos one evening in Kødbyen, Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s city lakes freeze almost every year. It took a little longer than usual, but the ice was finally thick enough this February for people to head out and skate.
My sister married an Australian this September, so we decided to go visit his family over Christmas. I flew into Melbourne before driving down the Great Ocean Road to the foothills of Adelaide where we stayed in a colonial era house. Here are the photos.
19-year-old Jelena Bundalovic questions whether the citizenship test is the best way to determine an individual’s ‘Danishness’
Jelena might have been born and lived her whole life in Denmark, but it brings her no closer to gaining Danish citizenship (Photo: Peter Stanners)
Almost a quarter of a million adults living in Denmark can’t vote in the upcoming election. Jelena Bundalovic is one of them. Born in Hvidovre Hospital, she went to Danish primary school at Ryparken Lilleskole and completed high school at Ørestad Gymnasium last year. Now 19 and living on her own in Nørrebro, this would the first election she could participate in. But she’s Serbian, and after failing the citizenship test last year, she cannot place an X next to her favourite candidate on Thursday.
“I’m a happy person but sometimes it makes me feel sad,” she told the Copenhagen Post on Blågårds Plads in Nørrebro last Sunday.
“Coming up to the election, everyone is talking about who they’re gong to vote for and I would like to be a part of it. I could watch the debates and meet the politicians around the city but I don’t need to because I can’t vote,” she said.
“I should be part of the democracy but I’m an outsider for no reason really.” Continue reading