Cannabis-Selling Coffeehouse Fined $13 Million For Breaking Dutch Law

March 26, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A Dutch coffeehouse has been fined 10 million euros ($13m USD) after repeatedly breaking local law about the amount of Cannabis that can be kept by an establishment at any given time.

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.



One Response to “Cannabis-Selling Coffeehouse Fined $13 Million For Breaking Dutch Law”

  1. chmmrx on March 26th, 2010 1:50 pm

    Sounds like the catch 22 laws of USA 1937 tax act…

    Possession of marijuana required a $1 stamp. Individuals without this stamp faced a $2,000 fine, and up to 4 years in prison. Obtaining this government issued stamp required you to show the marijuana in which you were applying for. Following this tax act incriminated you of possession, and therefore made you viable for arrest.

    It should not be illegal but freaking prohibitionist will not let go.. Get over it !
    Prohibition has NEVER worked!!!!!

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    Marijuana is the flame, heroin is the fuse, LSD is the bomb–3

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