Director Arjen Sinninge Damsté
Cinematography Reinier van Brummelen & Hans Bouma
Producer Robert Oey
Executive producer Jorinde Sorée
Production Compoany Topkapi Nonfiction
Editors Haukje Heuff, Chris van Oers
The series ‘Cannabis’ takes a look at the history of Dutch soft drugs policy from the 1970s onwards. Against the background of half a century of tolerance policy, the rise and fall of cannabis king Johan van Laarhoven (sentenced to 103 years in prison in Thailand) is told. While Van Laarhoven languishes in a cell, it is revealed that not Thailand but the Netherlands is behind his arrest. The seed for the hunt for Van Laarhoven was already sown in the late 1970s and the myth of the Netherlands as an exemplary constitutional state is being debunked.