The editor-in-chief of the magazine Legalizace Robert Veverka in a picture from October 5, 2021.
Ostrava – The Court of Appeal in Ostrava changed the condition for spreading drug addiction for the editor-in-chief of the magazine Legalizace Robert Veverka to a fine penalty of 100,000 crowns. On the other hand, he increased the fine for the magazine from 50,000 crowns to 150,000 crowns. The judgment is final, only an appeal is admissible as an extraordinary remedy. Veverka, who represents the Pirates in Prague 2, did not attend today's announcement of the verdict.
The District Court in Bruntál imposed a two-and-a-half-year probation on Veverka the year before. The appeal was filed by both Veverka, who considers his criminal prosecution to be excessive and unnecessary, and the public prosecutor, who, on the contrary, thought the sentence was too lenient. The court partially agreed with the defendant and the prosecutor.
Judge Jaroslava Miketová said that the regional court considered the sentence for Veverka to be disproportionately severe, among other things, considering his previous integrity. On the other hand, he found the punishment for the magazine too mild.
The police examined 60 issues of the magazine from 2010 to 2020 and, according to the indictment, found more than 200 illegal acts there. 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.