PEOPLE in Bournemouth will be able to buy cannabis over the counter when an Amsterdam-style cafe opens in the town next month.

But police say they will take action against all dealers and users found at the "waccy-baccy" cafe due to open in Boscombe.

In the cafe cannabis smokers will be able to sit down in comfort and smoke their illegally-filled pipes over a cup of marijuana-infused tea.

James Ward, 29, of Bournemouth, will be running The Dutch Experience cafe and hopes to see up to 1,000 people through the door each week.

He has joined forces with other cannabis users in the town - many are in full support of the business.

He will be offering subsidised "medi-weed" for people with medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cancer. Recreational users will be charged the full price.

Mr Ward has been running a seed bank for the last nine months selling Marijuana seeds - an act which he says is legal.

He said: "None of these coffee shops are going to close. When people get arrested other people will take over. There are thousands of us.

"This is the right thing to do. The government made a mistake when they made it illegal, they know it as well.

"I have got quite a few friends who have got MS. If they are unable to smoke cannabis they are going to be in pain."

Mr Ward's plans are being advertised on the internet and he is hoping to find local dealers to supply the drug.

He added: "We are not going back on this I am quite prepared to risk going to court for it."

The shop is being funded by a Dutch coffee shop owner.

No one under 18 will be allowed in - if they look too young they will be asked for identification, he said.