POLICE POLICY: 'HERE WE BLOW'
Apparently the plan worked. Police reported no arrests or trouble
during France's 2-1 win over England in their opening Euro 2004 match.
The plan? It was widely reported, including in The Guardian, that
Portuguese police in Lisbon would turn a blind eye to soccer fans who
openly smoked pot before or during the game.
Apparently, a stoned crowd is a happy crowd. Cops, however, planned to
crack down on drunk supporters. Alan Buffry of the Legalise Cannabis
Alliance said: "If people are drinking they lose control; if they
smoke cannabis they don't. Alcohol makes fans fight. But cannabis
smokers will be shaking hands and singing along together."