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Now that Copenhagen city officials are proposing to legalise the sale of cannabis, "99 per cent of the dealers," want to be taxed, a major dealer told Danish daily *Politiken.

That would allow Copenhagen's dealers, who generate sales estimated at €1bn per year, to become respectable tradespeople.

But for Justice Minister Morten Bødskov, who believes that organised crime controls the dealers in the Christiania district of the capital, "the only answer to the proposal to legalise cannabis is three letters: N-E-J," or "N-O" in English.