Cannabis-Selling Coffeehouse Fined $13 Million For Breaking Dutch Law
March 26, 2010
The maximum amount of marijuana allowed by law is 18 ounces, but the popular cafe The Checkpoint was found on several occasions to be holding as much as 440 lbs.
Meddie Willemsen, the owner, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, but as he already served time leading up to the trial, he has been released.
The Checkpoint was frequented by an average of 3,000 people every day, making it one of the most popular coffee shops in the region.
It will be allowed to reopen, and the fine was significantly lower than the original 26 million euros, as prosecutors believed part of the problem were local authorities.
“Checkpoint could not have expanded as much as it did without collaboration from the municipality of Terneuzen,” one said.
Marijuana is illegal in the Netherlands, but a tolerance policy allows consumption without repercussions, as well as possession of up to 18 ounces without arrest.