Netherlands coffee shop case highlights 'paradox' of cannabis laws

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Owner of Checkpoint cafe, closed down in 2009, is appealing against criminal charges for falling foul of Dutch tolerance policy

With 3,000 customers a day, a restaurant, ample parking and turnover of €26m (£23m) a year, Checkpoint cafe, the largest cannabis-selling coffee shop in the Netherlands, was a fabulous commercial success.

That was until it was closed down in 2009 for testing to the limits what the Dutch describe as their gedogenbeleid (tolerance policy) under which prosecutors turn a blind eye to the breaking of certain laws, including in the business of selling cannabis.

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