The City of Amsterdam had a problem and came up with a solution.
An experimental ban on smoking marijuana on the street in De Baarsjes meet with approval, of a sort.
"On Wednesday we placed the first sign, and it was gone the next morning," said Wim de Graaf. "We put up a new one Thursday, and it was taken the same night as well. That's when the idea came to us to just sell them."
From a desire to reduce loitering and petty crime came a small windfall.
Note that marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands. People who smoke marijuana outside in De Baarsjes risk a euro50 (US$60) fine. But most travelers know that small amounts can be bought and smoked in "coffee shops."