Owner of massive cannabis café cleared of most charges on appeal

The judges said they were surprised the public prosecution department had even begun legal proceedings in the case
16 Julio 2014
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The owner of the coffeeshop Checkpoint has been found not guilty of most of the charges against him by Amsterdam’s appeal court. The court said the prosecution had not proved Checkpoint had knowingly broken the rules. Checkpoint is guilty of having too much cannabis on the premises but this does not merit a prison sentence, the court said in a statement, since the authorities had encouraged the coffeeshop's growth and must have understood that it needed large volumes of drugs to meet demand. This is the second ruling this month in which judges have refused to jail coffeeshop owners for breaking guidelines.

Dutch News (Netherlands)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014