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Dutch officers make sweet cannabis find at bakery

Sep 26, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Two men arrested after thousands of weed cookies seized at Schiedam business

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Two men were arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of trading “soft” drugs after the Schiedam Police raided a local bakery and found thousands of cannabis cookies and almost $120,000 in cash.

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The raid revealed 4,800 cookies filled with hemp — including some still on machinery and not yet packaged — in the bakery and dozens of boxes of cookies in a nearby storage container notes a police statement released late last week.

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Beyond the sweets, the probe involving the Municipality of Schiedam, the Public Prosecution Service and police that kicked off earlier in 2022 also unearthed almost $118,800 (€90,000) in cash.

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On Sept. 20, officers arrested two men, a 53-year-old from Rotterdam and a 39-year-old from Schiedam, as part of the joint probe into the trade of soft drugs, which includes cannabis and hash.

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The police report the cookies were destroyed, the cash confiscated, the bakery closed by order of the town mayor and the two accused released while the police probe continues.

Tolerance is not legality

Recreational cannabis continues to be illegal in the Netherlands, despite the country’s long history of coffee houses, where cannabis, pre-rolls, pot edibles and hash can be purchased legally. Indeed, it is against the law to “possess, sell or produce drugs,” notes information from the government.

“Soft drugs are less damaging to health than hard drugs,” the government states, adding that allowing so-called coffee shops “is part of the Dutch policy of toleration.” The country has 570 coffee shops in 102 municipalities.

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These shops cannot serve alcohol or hard drugs, cannabis buys are limited to no more than five grams and sales are not permitted to anyone under 18.

Some places offer the use of a vaporizer or bong, according to Dutch Passion. “Although you can smoke cannabis in a coffee shop, the normal rules apply which ban the smoking of cigarettes indoors,” it points out.

The Dutch government makes clear “that the sale of small quantities of soft drugs in coffee shops is a criminal offence, but the Public Prosecution Service does not prosecute coffee shops for this offence.” A pass is also given to members of the public for possessing small quantities of soft drugs, namely five grams of marijuana or hash and no more than five cannabis plants.

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According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, drug supply in the Netherlands is punishable by as long as eight years in prison or a fine, with up to 12 years imprisonment for importing, a List 1 drug (hard drugs that include heroin, cocaine and amphetamines). Supplying List 2 (soft drugs like hash, cannabis and sleeping pills) are punishable by as much as two years in prison or a fine, rising to six years of incarceration for a large amount.

Cookies and cannabis are a natural pairing

The Dutch incident is hardly the first time cookies and cannabis have combined to attract police attention.

In September of 2021, Malaysian police detained a man and a woman in their car for allegedly selling cannabis-containing biscuits, according to Juice.

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During a traffic stop, officers confiscated 25 containers of biscuits and 53 weed-containing cakes from a car driven by the man. During a subsequent raid involving a condo where the woman was, the police recovered another 131 containers of cannabis biscuits, 41 marijuana cakes, eight blocks of cannabis and 31 kilograms of liquid cannabis.

Malaysia strictly enforces its drug laws. Country Reports points out that “Malaysian legislation provides for a mandatory death penalty for convicted drug traffickers.” The country’s law presumes trafficking if a person possesses 15 grams or more of heroin or 200 grams or more of cannabis.

Bloomberg has reported that the government in Malaysia has noted it plans to abolish mandatory death sentences for 11 offences, including drug crimes.

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Another cookie caper occurred on Christmas Day 2021, when a 36-year-old driver in Tennessee found herself in hot water for baked goods, among other items. After stopping the driver for brake light violations, a search of the woman’s bag revealed 20 cannabis cookies, 415 grams of weed, 21 grams of THC wax, 1.6 grams of meth, a scale, 10 glass pipes and plastic bags.

Possession of 14 grams or less of cannabis in Tennessee is a misdemeanour offence punishable by a maximum of a year in jail, notes the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The sale of 14 grams to 45 kilograms of weed is a felony offence carrying a top penalty of six years in prison and a $6,800 fine upon conviction.

And in Canada, way back in 2013, CBC reported that RCMP officers responding to a reported break-in at a home in White Rock, B.C. found something extra after the two suspects managed to flee the scene on foot. Inside the house, officers found 8,000 cookies believed to contain cannabis.

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“I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s an unprecedented number of cookies,” a police spokesperson said at the time. “It was a bit like a bakery in there,” she said, according to CBC.

Dutch police ask the public to keep eyes open, noses on alert

With regards to the recent incident in the Netherlands, Schiedam Police have urged members of the public to always report any suspicious behaviour.

“Everyone can help to make subversive crime visible,” notes the police statement. “Do you see, hear or smell trouble? Always report it.”

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