In memoriam Joep Oomen (1961-2016)
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On Friday, March 18th, 2016 Joep Oomen has unexpectedly passed away in his home in Antwerp, Belgium. As an activist he has fought for over a quarter of a century for humane and just drug policies and an end to the war on drugs. Joep was co-founder of numerous NGO's for drug reform, including Encod, Cannabis Social Club Trekt Uw Plant in Antwerp and the VOC (Union for the abolition of cannabis prohibition) in the Netherlands.
At an emotional gathering of Trekt Uw Plant in Antwerp the sad news was communicated to the members of the club. After Joep failed to show up for a club meeting on Friday, two board members went to his house. A board member happened to have the key, and after contact with and consent of Joep's eldest son, they went inside. They found Joep dead in his bed. The police conducted an investigation and rules out a non-natural cause of death. Joep leaves behind his wife Beatriz, two sons and a grandson.
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