News Constitutional Court rules “grow shops” may not sell all items required for cultivation
The Constitutional Court issued a ruling on Tuesday confirming that marijuana cultivation suppliers may not sell all the items required to grow the plant in one spot as this constitutes the promotion of drugs. The court rejected a complaint from a so-called grow shop in Semily in northeast Bohemia against a previous ruling to that effect; it was delivered by a local court and later upheld by the Supreme Court. In November, the police’s anti-drugs unit used that ruling as the basis for raids on dozens of grow shops around the Czech Republic.
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Some 157,000 people have visited Matějská pouť, the biggest funfair in the capital, since it opened on March 1, organizers told the news agency ČTK. Another 3,000 people are expected before the funfair closes on Monday night. Last year, a total of 117,000 visitors arrived at the fair, mainly due to poor weather. Matějská pout was originally a pilgrimage to St Mathew’s church in Dejvice, first recorded in late 16th century. It is now however a secular event held each years at Prague’s exhibition grounds in Holešovice.
Prague’s municipal police dealt with over 836,000 offences last year, which was more than 22 percent less than in 2012, according to the force’s annual report released by Prague City Hall. A spokeswoman for the municipal police said the drop was due to changes in traffic legislation that came into force last year; officers also provided assistance during floods which hit the capital last august, and also focused primarily on combatting more serious offences and crimes. Traffic offences were by far the most frequent offences processed by Prague municipal police last year.
Sparta Prague defeated city rival Dukla 3:1 in the Gambrinus liga’s round 25 on Sunday, and increased their lead at the top of the table to 13 points ahead of defending champions Viktoria Plzeň. Sparta’s Hušbauer scored twice in the game, another goal came from Kadeřábek. Plzeň play their match later on Monday but Sparta could celebrate the first title in four years as soon as next weekend.
Traditional folk customs are observed on Easter Monday, a public holiday in the Czech Republic. In a popular custom known as pomlázka, male carollers whip women and girls get with braided willow sticks decorated with ribbons. In return, they give men painted eggs. The custom has pre-Christian roots in pagan fertility rites. Legend has it that women that go whipped on Easter Monday will remain healthy and fertile for the entire year.
The Czech women’s tennis team has reached the finals of the Fed Cup after defeating defending champions Italy 4-0 in Ostrava over the weekend. Czech number one Petra Kvitová scored two points, defeating Roberta Vinci and Camila Giorgi. Lucie Šafářová, meanwhile, beat Sara Errani, and the Czech duo Koukalová, Hlaváčková took the fourth point after defeating Italy’s pair Giorgi, Knapp, in Sunday’s doubles. In the Fed Cup finals, the Czechs will host Germany in November.
Hockey club Lev Praha lost to Magnitogorsk 1-4 on Sunday the KHL finals, and are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. The hosts built up a 4-0 lead before Lev’s Azevedo scored in the 57th minute, setting the final score at 4-1. Lev won the series’ opening game 3-0 on Saturday. The series now moves to Prague where games three and four are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
Fire at a galvanic plant in Lanškroun, eastern Bohemia, has caused damages of around 200 million crowns, the news agency ČTK reported. The fire broke out shortly before Sunday noon; fire fighters could not immediately access the scene as carbon dioxide bombs were exploding inside; they only got the fire under control by Sunday evening. The authorities closed off several streets in the town, and warned people not to approach the scene of the fire. Causes of the fire are under investigation.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka along with Czech army officials, public figures and other guests on Sunday marked the 69th anniversary of the destruction of east Moravian village of Ploština by the Nazis during the final days of the Second World War. The village was set alight and at least 24 of its inhabitants murdered because their provided help to local armed resistance groups. In his remarks, Mr Sobotka emphasized the need to keep the nation’s memory alive, and to resist attempts to distort its history.
A 36-year-old Czech man from Brno drowned while canoeing on the Saalach River near the Austrian town of Lofer, the country’s APA news agency reported on Sunday. The man, who was with a group of friends, capsized in a narrow stretch of the river; his body was only found after an hour. Some 80 people took part in the rescue operation including Austrian and German firefighters.
Czech boxing champion Lukáš Konečný has retired following his defeat by Peter Quillin of the US, in the WBO middleweight title fight. The 35-year-old Czech boxer, who in 2012 held the interim title of WBO light middleweight champion, told the news website lidovky.cz on Sunday that Quillin was better but he thought the fight was a decent end to his professional career. He now only plans to appear at exhibitions but said he would like to be involved in professional boxing in the future as well.