The hemp-shops of Wenceslas Cerveny were a target of the recent large-scale RAID. So much of the action is angry: He can see the positive sides.Interview of Jonas Wengert
In the case of a large-scale RAID, the police has recently more than 14 hemp-shops in Munich and the surrounding area is searched. This is also the Wenceslas Cerveny was affected with three of his shops "hemp - the other health food store". One of them was opened in September 2018 in Baldham.
SZ: Mr Cerveny, how did the RAID their stores because from their point of view?
Wenzel Cerveny: I wanted to get out at 10 o'clock in the morning with the dog, and I saw in front of my apartment in Kirchseeon about ten police officers have informed me that they had a search warrant for my home and business. Shortly thereafter I saw an officer, a Einmannramme carry away. On the question of what they were planning to do, I was told: You do not know, with whom you would have to do it. I felt like a felon.
Due to which accusation has prompted the search?
In the decision is on the one hand, from a commercial sale to minors of speech, on the other hand, it is also a question of whether the CBD, or Cannabidiol-containing products such as Oils or flowers, may, in principle, be sold or entirely under the narcotics law. The legal opinion at this point is not clear, it is quite certain terms. In my opinion the hope of finding in the investigation is actually sharp the stuff was.
With sharp you mean intoxicating? For Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) would be responsible, the allowed limit is a maximum of 0.2 percent.
Right. It is obtained with fabricated allegations of a search to find the place where THC products. We can provide for all of our products analyses, which confirm that the value is maintained. Our suppliers are certified in the EU. Our shops are regularly inspected by the food inspection, there was never objected to anything. If it were really CBD-products, would also need to be drugstores search.
the extent to which the search took place?
From the apartment were documents all of the business and report taken. The police officers then drove me to the shop in Einstein street in Munich. To my wife to Baldham sent to a Transporter, where our warehouse is. Although I have to say that the officials were all very nice and polite. If the occasion hadn't been so sad, one could almost laugh.
Has the RAID a direct impact on your business?
a Total sales value of approximately EUR 250 000 seized, in part, self-decoration have been abgerupft plants. Including foods with a shelf life date must be stored properly. If we don't get the Goods within the next two months, we will submit well-to-action for damages. There are still plenty of non-confiscated Goods, however, is on the shelves, we have opened normally.
What are the long-term consequences you can see by the prosecution to come to you?
Our businesses operate in is absolutely legal. In this respect, I must thank the investigators and the police actually, because there are sure to be freeloaders who will be selling for profit in their stores is also Illegal, and so are revealed. It has yet another advantage: Many people Affected by the large-scale RAID to discuss together how we can fight back. We call for a legally clear regulation for hemp and CBD products. We should be by the current laws to be prosecuted, we will complain to European level, even if it takes five years.