Project CBD: FREE SPEECH UNDER ATTACK IN CZECH CANNABIS CRACKDOWN

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Editor convicted of promoting THC-induced “toxicomania,” could face jail time. The criminal case that may force the closing of the Czech Republic’s pioneering cannabis magazine is — at least in the eyes of its targeted editor — disturbingly redolent of the bad old days of authoritarian rule. Robert Veverka, publisher and editor-in-chief of Legalizace magazine, heads an advocacy organization of the same name. He’s a visible and indeed respectable figure in many ways. In 2018, he was elected to the board of the Prague 2 municipal district, and he serves as an advisor on the Prague City Council’s Commission for Drug Policy. Veverka has also run for the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament, with the Pirate Party on a legalization platform. In 2020, he ran for the Senate, and came in third among eight candidates. In the middle of the campaign, charges were brought against him. On Nov. 3, 2021, Veverka was convicted by a district court of inciting “toxicomania.” The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, and the judge has informally announced a one-year term. However, the sentence is not to be imposed while the case is on appeal. Veverka says he could likely get probation in lieu of prison time if he did not pursue his appeal. But accepting probation would mean ceasing to publish Legalizace. The case hinges on “instructions and advice about how to cultivate” cannabis that appeared in the pages of Legalizace, which are said to have “resulted in inspiring at least one individual” to procure seeds through an ad in the magazine and grow several plants — “thereby producing the prohibited substance Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).” SEEDS OF CHANGE Understanding this strange case requires a look back at the career of Robert Veverka over the years of relative liberalization for cannabis in the…

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