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‘Dream’ shops in the capital, reopening

Two months after the Bucharest General Council banned ethnobotanic substances from sale, the so called ‘dream’ shops are being reopened because their owners challenged the council’s decision in court, according to daily ‘Adevarul.’ At the end of last year, general councillors passed a decision banning ethnobotanic shops on a 1.5 km radius of schools, hospitals and blocks of flats, thus forcing their owners to close down their business. But since the decision was challenged, it must be suspended until a court issues a final ruling. In District 6, of 20 such shops that were closed down by the mayor’s office, six have already been reopened, the newspaper said. Bucharest prefect Mihai Atanasoaei says only a joint commission made of representatives of the Anti-drug Service, the financial Guard and the Consumer Protection office can close down these shops for good. Such a commission was set up last year and included the Bucharest Public Health Department and the Sanitary-Veterinary Authority.

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