Paradise lost: does Copenhagen’s Christiania commune still have a future?

Cannabis has long been sold and enjoyed in this unique neighbourhood
The Guardian (UK)
Friday, September 23, 2016

In recent years the cannabis in Christiania trade has evolved. Once led by small-time dealers, it is now controlled by large, multinational organisations, such as the Danish branch of the Hell’s Angels, who are neither residents nor employees of Christiania. “This transition has happened over many years,” says Risenga Manghezi, a community spokesperson. “In the last 10 to 15 years, the police have been really hard on Pusher Street. This means the softer ‘mom-and-pop shops’ have disappeared, and it’s only the ones who are most willing to take risks and manipulate Christianites who have stayed.” (See also: Cannabis sales in Christiania suffer dramatic fall)