On October 5, 2021, the District Court in Bruntál began hearing the indictment of the magazine Legalizace and its editor-in-chief Robert Veverka (left) for spreading drug addiction. According to prosecutors, the cannabis magazine promotes drugs on its website.
Ostrava – The Court of Appeal in Ostrava should deliver a verdict today in the case of the spread of drug addiction, for which Robert Veverka, the editor-in-chief of the cannabis magazine Legalizace, was convicted in Bruntál last year. From the court, according to which the magazine promotes drugs, Veverka received a two and a half year probation and the magazine a fine of 50,000 crowns. The appeal was filed by both Veverka, who represents the Pirates in Prague 2 and considers his criminal prosecution to be excessive and unnecessary, and the public prosecutor, who, on the contrary, thought the sentence was too lenient.
Magazín Legalizace is a bimonthly magazine not only about cannabis. It states that its goal is to provide comprehensive, comprehensive, objective and balanced information about the cannabis plant and to provide unbiased information about the drug issue. The accusation of spreading drug addiction is considered by the magazine to be a systemic error and demonstrable ignorance of cannabis legislation, but at the same time a restriction of freedom of expression and the right to information.
The police examined 60 issues of the magazine from 2010 to 2020 and, according to the indictment, found more than 200 illegal acts. These were, for example, recipes for food containing cannabis and other texts that, according to the indictment, highlighted the effects of the substances and gave the impression of the legality of growing cannabis and making drugs from it. According to the indictment, at least one person was inspired, got seeds and, following the advice and instructions in the magazine, grew and processed plants with the banned substance THC.