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Bail for two men arrested on cannabis charges

Dakta Green outside Wellington District Court. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton

Report from RNZ
Two Wellington men charged with possession and supply of cannabis have been remanded on bail until next month. The men – who have a total of 21 cannabis-related charges between them – were arrested at the weekend at a Mount Victoria address known as the Daktory.

The property on Hania Street is listed online as a cannabis store.

Dakta Green and John Middeldorp were remanded on bail at the Wellington District Court on the condition they do not contact one another.

Mr Green was remanded to the Daktory, on the condition he did not posses or use cannabis and Mr Middeldorp – to an address in Northland.

A number of supporters for the men watched from the public gallery, clapping at the end of the judge’s decision to grant bail and giving the men thumbs up as the stood in the dock.

Outside court, Mr Green told his supporters and media he would take the arrest on the chin if it meant getting a discussion about legalising cannabis into the public.

The men will next appear on 23 September.

Mr Middeldorp will appear via audio visual link link from the Whangarei Court.

News from Daktory – 24 August
The Daktory, Wellington’s first cannabis club, was raided by police on Tuesday evening. Activist and founder of ‘The Daktory’ cannabis clubs Dakta Green was arrested with one other person.

Both are to appear in the Wellington District Court at 10am on Monday.

The men face 21 charges between them of supplying and possessing class B and C drugs.

Officers seized cannabis, cash and equipment for growing cannabis.

Law reform supporters will be gathering outside the court to protest against the arrests and show their support.

The Daktory first opened in Auckland as a protest to legalise cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, and then reopened in 2019 at 38 Hania Street, Wellington.


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1 comment:

  1. Mary M, 25. August 2019, 8:33

    I thought the police were going to lighten up with the plant legalizing legislation in the works? Shame on them as lightening up on people using this for pain/stress relief thinking is a forward thinking a progressive movement.