The court in Breda and Middelburg have announced that the Growshops from both Breda and Terneuzen were to get all their confiscated equipment back from the police.
BREDA, THE NETHERLANDS – Judges have made highly critical comments regarding two separate issues centered around the recent attacks on growshops. The courts in Breda and Middelburg have announced that growshops from both Breda and Terneuzen were to get all their confiscated equipment back from the police.
“No concrete evidence”
The judgment was reached in court on Wednesday 29th of July 2015 as there was “no concrete evidence to show … that the items are intended for the illegal cultivation of hemp”. In one of the cases the court also stated that the claimant was to receive 5000 euros in damages.
As of March 1st 2015, people “preparing or promoting” the illegal cultivation of cannabis are officially punishable by law. This also includes growshops. But in both these cases, it was found that the owners were not running growshops as such.
The court in Breda condemned the Justice department, because the grounds of the law remain vague, even after four months of its implementation. “Given the large interests of the claimant, the court expects that the Justice Department will intensify its research to demonstrate the validity of their case,” said the judges.
Both cases were stressful for the entrepreneurs. If the Justice Department pursues its case against them, they will have to appear in criminal court.