Holland. Landmark legal victory as Doede de Jong walks free from court with no punishment for growing cannabis
Doede de Jong
Respected cannabis campaigner Doede de Jong is celebrating his freedom after a Dutch Court has ruled he can walk free with no punishment after being prosecuted for growing cannabis.
Prosecutors argued that Doede had supplied a coffeeshop with his outdoor grown cannabis and that over 200 cannabis plants were found. In mitigation it was argued that the plants were supplied to a regulated and taxed coffeeshop, and not all the plants were in full bloom, many were small seedlings and yet to start flowering. The Court also ruled that Doede had not stolen electricity to grow the plants, and that he had grown them naturally in sunlight and had not mixed with the criminal underworld.
Its an important ruling for future cases where the grower is producing cannabis for regulated sale. Eventually The Netherlands will have to create a regulated system which allows for large scale production of medical and recreational cannabis, currently it is in a legal ‘grey zone’ as a result of political indecision. Doedes case is a landmark ruling which will affect future prosecutions.
November 2nd 2015