Newsbyte: Prosecutor wants 3 years jail for Belgium’s oldest cannabis social club Trekt Uw Plant

Belgium’s oldest cannabis social club “Trekt Uw Plant” is on trial for the third time. The club was founded in 2006 by the late Joep Oomen, one of Europe’s best-known cannabis activists.

21 members now face jail sentences up to three years and huge fines
While hundreds of cannabis social clubs flourish in Spain.
Belgium seems to want to destroy this pioneering, non-commercial .club. Chairwoman Els Vermeesch is optimistic about the outcome

The club has been fully acquitted twice before. The verdict is expected towards the end of June 2019.

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Manu Moreau, Stand up comedian, Cannabis University 2018

Stand Up Comedian and board member of Trekt Uw Plant, the first Cannabis Social Club in Belgium. Manu was arrested along with two other TUP board members at a major police strike in May 2017 and then detained for three weeks. At the Cannabis University, he provides a portion of comic relief between the panel debates and master classes.

Stand Up Comedian en bestuurslid van Trekt Uw Plant, de eerste Cannabis Social Club van België. Manu werd samen met twee andere TUP bestuursleden gearresteerd bij een grote politie actie in mei 2017 en zat vervolgens drie weken lang vast. In de Cannabis University zorgt hij voor een portie comic relief tussen de panel debatten en masterclasses door.

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Panel debate on Cannabis Social Clubs | Cannabis University | Cannabis Liberation Day 2017

Cannabis Social Clubs panel debate inside the Cannabis University at Cannabis Liberation Day 2017 with Rosaria Ricci, Martin Barriuso, Greg de Hoedt and Els Vermeesch.

Rosaria Ricci

Founder and chairwoman of the first Dutch Cannabis Social Club, Tree of Life in Amsterdam, since 2014. The club tries to obtain an exemption from the Opium Law for cultivation at a central location, linked to scientific research.

Martin Barriuso (Spain)

President of Basque Cannabis Social Club Pannagh in Bilbao and one of the most respected leaders of the CSC movement. In 2015, several board members of Pannagh, including Martin, were sentenced to eight months suspended prison sentence and a fine of €250,000. Their appeal is still pending.

Greg de Hoedt (United Kingdom)

Medicinal cannabis user and activist Greg de Hoedt is co-founder and chairman of UK Cannabis Social Clubs. He uses cannabis for Crohn’s disease.

Els Vermeesch

President of Cannabis Social Club Trekt Uw Plant Vzw. Hundreds of patients relied on the first Cannabis Social Club of the country Trekt Uw Plant. But after winning in court twice before, they’ve had to endure being tailed, their homes bugged, phones tapped and being GPS-traced for more than one year. This lead to a raid with excessive force by the Belgium Police, raiding 18 homes and making 3 arrests.

Two members, including Els, were finally released after 2 weeks imprisonment. The third was released later.

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It’s Darkest before Dawn | Cannabis News Network

Medicinal cannabis is becoming more accepted around the world and various countries are moving towards a health approach instead of a criminal approach. Good news for patients, you would say. But as we’re approaching the point of (semi) legalization of (medicinal) cannabis, the fight isn’t over yet as shown in our latest report It’s Darkest Before Dawn.

CBD

The name, use and benefits of CBD is making headlines and for good reason: CBD oil is scientifically proven to be beneficial for mankind.

Even in countries where the use of cannabis is strictly forbidden, CBD oil can be obtained legally. Sadly enough, that’s not the case everywhere. One of those countries is Ireland, where Vera Twomey (featured in our report on medicinal cannabis in the European Union) has been fighting for CBD oil access for her daughter with Dravet Syndrome.

Licensed Producers

Meanwhile, countries like Canada, Colombia and Germany are moving towards controlled medicinal cannabis programs, handing out licenses to big companies like Tilray in Canada. Or Pharmacielo in Colombia, whose board of directors include former executives from Philip Morris and Bayer. In Germany, their medicinal cannabis program is now up and running. But prices have already doubled since. Because of that, well-known MD Franjo Grotenhermen went on a hunger strike to confront the government with a broken promise. They promised to keep the price of medicinal cannabis affordable.

Raids

But as countries move forward on a national level, raids continue on patients and renowned activists like Jodie and Marc Emery, who are being harassed by law enforcement, seeing their dispensaries closed and having to distance themselves from the Cannabis Culture brand.

In Belgium, hundreds of patients relied on the first Cannabis Social Club of the country Trekt Uw Plant. But after winning in court twice before, they’ve had to endure being tailed, their homes bugged, phones tapped and being GPS-traced for more than one year. This lead to a raid with excessive force by the Belgium Police, raiding 18 homes and making 3 arrests. Two members were finally released after 2 weeks imprisonment. The third was recently released during production of this video. A petition is now making rounds on the internet, demanding a public debate about drug policy in Belgium.

In The Netherlands, famous for it’s liberal drug laws, a successful business man and philanthropist without criminal record, is prosecuted for having 5 cannabis plants in his garden. No longer being able to run his business, Hans Kamperman is losing millions, his faith in society and thus destroying his life.

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