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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.

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Meet the Woman Reinventing Dutch Coffeeshops

She's one of the most successful, innovative entrepreneurs in Dutch cannabis. And she's promising to shake up the industry.

Derrick Bergman - October 17, 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

Majority in Dutch Parliament Supports Legalizing Commercial Cultivation

A breakthrough alliance between political parties could finally fill gaping holes in policies around The Netherlands' famous cannabis coffeeshops.

Derrick Bergman - September 26, 2016

Two Dutch Coffeeshops Now Offering Lab Results to Customers

Dutch cannabis sales are moving into the 21st century despite the industry’s legal status being stuck in a bygone era. Buds of dubious provenance may soon become relics of the past.

Derrick Bergman - September 19, 2016

Meet Holland’s Best Known (Illegal) Cannabis Farmer

Doede De Jong is fighting a longtime paradox in the Netherlands that allows cannabis sales at coffeeshops but prohibits cultivation.

Derrick Bergman - September 17, 2016

In Break With Past Policy, Dutch Mayor Allows Cannabis Patients to Grow at Home

The move is aimed at protecting patients with small-scale home grows, who currently face the threat of eviction and seizure of their plants.

Derrick Bergman - September 13, 2016

Can Israel Become the Next Country to Export Medical Cannabis?

In an announcement this week, Israel's health minister said the country could begin shipping exports within two years.

Derrick Bergman - September 1, 2016

Pressure Mounts as Dutch Coffeeshop Pioneer Languishes in Thai Prison

Johan van Laarhoven faces a 103-year jail sentence in Thailand despite never having committed a crime in that country.

Derrick Bergman - August 25, 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

With Cannabis Cup Gone, Two New Dutch Cannabis Competitions Emerge

In the post-High Times Cup era, two new cannabis competitions have emerged: the Elite Cup, in Amsterdam, and the Homegrown Cup, held in the southern city of Eindhoven.

Derrick Bergman - August 10, 2016