Ah, Switzerland: land of yodeling milkmaids, watch-winding bankers, and...legalized marijuana? Not exactly, but as the European ski season heated up last year, word spread among weed-toking ski bums: Several strange new shops had cropped up in Swiss ski country, and the wares they were hawking wouldn't exactly have had Nancy Reagan chortling with joy.
Apparently, recent massagings of Swiss drug law had decriminalized the sale of parts of the hemp plant for "aromatic" purposes, paving the way for the opening of ganja shops all over the Swiss Alps. "It's like shopping for eggs," reported one American ski photographer.
Of course, it isn't legal to burn the weed these shops sell; the stuff's just supposed to smell nice. We're sure everyone headed to the Alps this winter will comply.