The appeal in the case against Doede De Jong on October 15 will be submitted to the court of Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and has the potential to achieve a sensible government policy on the ‘paradox of the backdoor’, according to Dutch legalization NGO VOC Nederland.

UPDATE 29th of October, 2015: In the verdict against Doede de Jong the court ruled guilty, but no punishment. Case not finished. For more (in Dutch), visit the VOC Nederland website.

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it is due to conflicting government policies on cannabis this sort of cases still make it to court

If the court follows the developments of other recent similar cases, it could conclude that relatively small, transparent functioning growers who are not focused on only making huge profits, although punishable by law, will have no punishment imposed. According to court rulings, it is due to conflicting government policies on cannabis this sort of cases still make it to court.

VOC Nederland hopes considerable attention from the press and public. The hundreds of millions costing hunt on cannabis growers needs to stop. New legislation as a result of the case law can do a constitute step.

 

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Doede (left) and a delegation from The Stoned Society at his farm in Appelscha, earlier this year. Picture: Derrick Bergman / Gonzo Media.

cannabis is sold in coffeeshops, but any kind of cultivation is prohibited

Doede de Jong (64) was sentenced on April 25, 2014 to two months suspended prison sentence, one hundred hours of community service and a confiscation order of € 233,282.60 ($ 265 615.57). That amount is based on estimates, assumptions and projections, which do not do justice to reality. If the claim becomes reality for Doede and his wife Kicky, they will loose their farm they have been living at for 45 years.

Doede de Jong fights for self-determination rights and against the hypocritical Dutch policy, whereby cannabis is sold in coffeeshops, but any kind of cultivation is prohibited.

VOC Nederland calls on everyone to come to the court in Leeuwarden (Wilhelminaplein 1, starting at 14:30) on October 15 and support Doede.