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    Dutch coffee shop fined 10m euros for breaking drug law

    Dutch coffee shop fined 10m euros for breaking drug law



    At its height, Checkpoint served up to 3,000 customers a day

    A Dutch court has fined the owner of the Netherlands' biggest cannabis-selling coffee shop 10m euros (9m, $13.3m) for breaking drugs laws.

    Owner Meddie Willemsen, who was tried along with 15 staff of the Checkpoint coffee shop in Terneuzen, was also sentenced to a 16-week prison term.

    He was convicted for keeping more than the maximum tolerated amount of 500g (18oz) of drugs at the cafe.

    Checkpoint served up to 3,000 people a day before being closed last year.

    On a couple of occasions, police found 200kg (440lb) of cannabis when they raided the coffee house.

    Willemsen was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, but was released as he had already spent the time in jail ahead of the trial.

    He and his staff were convicted of breaking drugs laws, exporting drugs and membership of a criminal organisation.

    The 10m euro fine was lower than the 28m euro fine prosecutors had asked for because of the "role of the authorities" in allowing Checkpoint to grow unchecked.

    "Checkpoint could not have expanded as much as it did without collaboration from the municipality of Terneuzen," a court statement said.

    The town, close to the Belgian border, put up road signs showing the way to the Checkpoint and built a car park near it to reduce traffic congestion in town.

    Though technically illegal, the Netherlands decriminalised the consumption and possession of under 5g (0.18oz) of cannabis in 1976 under an official "tolerance" policy.


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    A friend of mine used to supply a lot of the cafes with cannabis. The authorities made moves to prosecute him, but they backed down when he showed how much tax he was paying.

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    our pragmatic approach to drug works very well except for those bloody foreigners f**king things up..

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    let that be a lesson to the rest of the world- legalize and tax, and run your cars off the hemp seed oil.

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    well 200 kg is a bit too much ok, but the dutch government members are largly hypocritics ( of course the midievel christian democrats who just enjoy lying and cheating, just because they want to go back to the 18th century before the french revolution and disgusting things like rationalism and human rights lol ).

    These are the rules.

    1 you can posses weed for your own use
    2 you can grow weed ( no one is sure how much but between 3 to 5 plants) but if you do that in a rented house which is controlled more or less by government, the so called social housings which are about 90% or so of all the rented houses dutch citizens live in, you will loose your house and get listed in a black list so you have to go find a privately rented house.

    3 the coffeeshops are allowed to sell weed but they can not have more than 500 grams in their shop or anywhere. Any one who knows holland, knows that some coffeshops sell 500 grams ( 1 pound) every hour, specially in touristic places like the red light district in amsterdam. This means that the government knows that these people have many kilo's stashed in their coffeeshop or elswhere..........

    4 although coffeeshops can sell weed, they are not allowd to buy it??!!! what?!! yes you can sell it , but where does it come from?? it gets dropped from the heaven...because it is not allowed to buy it |( they call this the back door policy)

    recently under pressure specially from usa, the government tries to close ass many coffeeshops because it gives holland a bad name.......... well french, english and americans who come and buy here seem to be not very apreciated.

    The dutch society has a very small almost non existing drug problem ( very little addicts,very little criminality and violence compare to anywhere). Obviously the drug policy has worked here.....so why change it?


    Ps i am not really defending this guy, having 200 kilo in house means that this guy is connected to the big boys and thus member of a criminal organization.

    Excuse my bad writing, my english is not great and i was in a hurry lol

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    marmite dog, for what did he pay taxes?? supplyer of cannabis do not pay taxes, what they do does not exist officially, since it is illegal lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by aras
    supplyer of cannabis do not pay taxes
    Well, he did, so I guess you're wrong.

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    When I lived in Amsterdam they pay taxes on whatever they sell in the brown cafes it goes through the books same as a normal cafe, the illegal bit was buying bob hope so who are the suppliers? no tax paid

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    ^ Are the cafes supplied with the weed, or does it just appear out of fresh air?

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    It sounds like the Dutch government should really take things to its logical conclusion, and grow and supply it to the coffee shops themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    ^ Are the cafes supplied with the weed, or does it just appear out of fresh air?
    Both I guess, I used to ask the same question and thats what they used to say to me, but could only carry so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie View Post
    It sounds like the Dutch government should really take things to its logical conclusion, and grow and supply it to the coffee shops themselves.
    Sorry you have just reminded me where it comes from, the cloggie bastards capture the farang importing it in to Rotterdam and then sell it back to everyone and charge tax

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    June 20 (Bloomberg) — Starting July 1, marijuana will be the only leaf that can be smoked in public places in the Netherlands. Cannabis devotees aren’t celebrating.

    Local pot smokers, who usually cut joints with tobacco, and owners of the “coffee shops” where they are allowed to light up will have to change their habits when the nation implements the indoor tobacco ban. Puffing a pure marijuana cigarette in public will still be permitted; smoking one with tobacco will merit coffee shop owners a 300-euro ($466) fine for the first offense and 2,400 euros for a fourth.


    “Every customer will have to learn how to smoke pure,” said Robert Kempen, co-owner of The NooN and Mellow Yellow in Amsterdam, which sell marijuana and hashish. The rule makes him “sick to death,” he said, rolling himself a joint.


    Coffee-shop proprietors say the ban will put some of them out of business as smokers stay away. The nation’s 720 outlets that serve marijuana smokers generate a large portion of their revenue from selling drinks, food and rolling papers to their patrons. Dutch sales of cannabis alone totaled 1.2 billion euros ($1.86 billion) in 2001, according to the most recent figures available from the nation’s statistics bureau.
    To permit tobacco smoking, shops will have to build separate, unstaffed rooms, and many say they don’t have the space or money to do so. Others are investing in water pipes and $400 vaporizers, initially intended to aid people with lung problems inhale medicine, to help smokers light up without tobacco.
    The Dutch ban, which prohibits tobacco smoking in all public places of employment to protect workers’ health, is only for tobacco and makes no change to marijuana policy, said Saskia Hommes, a spokeswoman for Dutch Health MinisterAb Klink. The government will have to see if the law is enforceable, she said.


    To enforce the new policy, the government has more than doubled its number of food and consumer product inspectors to 200, said Bob Kiel, a spokesman for the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. The agents will make unannounced visits to bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as coffee shops. There are no guidelines to help inspectors distinguish between a mixed joint and a pure one, he said.
    Coffee shops sell everything from pre-rolled joints for 3.50 euros each to hashish for as much as 18 euros a gram, said Mark Jacobsen, chairman of the Amsterdam Association of Cannabis Retailers. The ban will make it even harder for the shops to stay in business as visitors and revenue will drop, said Jacobsen, who is building a wall to divide The Rookies, a shop he co-owns.
    - Source: Excerpted from a Bloomberg report by Martin van der Starre

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    no one should worry about the coffeeshop owners, they make extremely good money, in amsterdam where there are way way too much coffeeshops, a few might have trouble making a lot of money but they make a good profit too.

    People are still smoking mixed joints since no one can really check that in a coffeeshop...( you cant grap their joint and open it to see what's in it)

    marmite, supplying coffeeshops of weed is illegal and happens in secret so no tax, and yes it is presumed the weed comes out of fresh air lol

    All in all a bullshit law

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