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Derrick Bergman

Derrick Bergman is a Dutch journalist, photographer, and activist who has been covering cannabis culture since 1994. He is a founder and the current chairman of the VOC, the union for the abolition of cannabis prohibition. Since 2010, he's served as the coordinator of Cannabis Liberation Day, the biggest cannabis and hemp event in the Netherlands. He is a father to three sons and has been growing his own cannabis for more than two decades.

Most popular articles

Are Tourists Allowed in Dutch Coffeeshops? The Strange Tale of the ‘Weed Pass’

When it comes to selling cannabis to foreigners, the pendulum of public acceptance in the Netherlands keeps on swinging.

Derrick Bergman - July 6, 2016

The Only Dutch Pharmacy That Sells Its Own Cannabis Oil

Transvaal pharmacy in the Hague is the only place in the Netherlands where patients can buy whole-plant cannabis oil of guaranteed quality.

Derrick Bergman - October 10, 2016

Which Country Leads Europe in Cannabis Consumption?

Do countries with more restrictive policies have lower rates of use? You might be surprised.

Derrick Bergman - June 7, 2016

5 Myths About Cannabis and Coffeeshops in the Netherlands

Millions of tourists visit Dutch coffeeshops every year, but most have no clue about the complicated and paradoxical legal status of the plant.

Derrick Bergman - August 12, 2016

Why Belgians Urge You to ‘Pull Your Plant’

Sparked by one man's novel idea, Belgium's Cannabis Social Club movement is small but strong-willed. Can it survive the latest government scrutiny?

Derrick Bergman - June 3, 2016

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Dutch cannabis pioneer returns home after 5 years in Thai prison

His wife's still in prison, but Johan van Laarhoven is back home and ready to fight an overreaching prosecutor.

Derrick Bergman - January 18, 2020

Inside a Secret Dutch Cannabis Competition

After High Times left in 2014, a number of smaller events emerged to fill the void. The Homegrown Cup was different from the start.

Derrick Bergman - January 13, 2017

Despite Growing Demand, Dutch Health Insurers Dropping Cannabis Coverage

One of the biggest health insurers in the Netherlands announced last month that it will stop covering medical cannabis treatment.

Derrick Bergman - January 9, 2017

Dutch ‘Tolerance Festival’ Will Bring Cannabis Activism to The Hague

Organizers are planning a massive event at the seat of Dutch government in order to pressure officials to expand the country's cannabis program.

Derrick Bergman - December 5, 2016

At European Parliament Conference on Medical Cannabis, Ireland Takes Center Stage

One member of European Parliament called for legalization of medical cannabis across the continent.

Derrick Bergman - December 2, 2016

Organizers Launch Grass Poll, Largest Cannabis Consumer Survey in Dutch History

A roving team of pollsters dressed in bright yellow sweaters is conducting a survey to help inform the country's policy debate. Tell them what you think.

Derrick Bergman - November 29, 2016

Largest Dutch Political Party Wants to Overhaul Cannabis Laws

For more than 20 years, the VVD has supported a repressive cannabis policy, blocking any effort to decriminalize cannabis production. No longer.

Derrick Bergman - November 21, 2016

Why Europe Can’t Legalize Cannabis Like the US

How are citizens supposed to change an issue most politicians don't want to touch?

Derrick Bergman - November 7, 2016

Mysterious After-Hours Shootings Target Amsterdam’s Coffeeshops

The city has shuttered the shops that have been fired at, raising concerns among some that municipal policy may be fueling an industry turf war.

Derrick Bergman - November 3, 2016

Detained in Thailand, Cannabis Coffeeshop Pioneer Asks Dutch King for Rescue

Johan van Laarhoven, who faces a 103-year sentence in Thailand, has written a letter to Dutch King Willem-Alexander pleading to be freed from “this Thai hell.”

Derrick Bergman - October 24, 2016