Author Archive | Derrick Bergman

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The Ballad Of The Dutch Grow Shop: How Staying Small Kept The Legendary Plantarium In Business

It should come as no surprise that the first European grow shop — a store that sells everything a cannabis grower needs — cropped up in the Netherlands. The year was 1985 and the proprietor was none other than Wernard “The Potfather” Bruining, who opened Amsterdam’s first coffee shop, Mellow Yellow, in 1972. Bruining called […]

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Dutch weed experiment

Dutch Weed Experiment: The Ongoing Fight To Regulate Famed Coffee Shops

When the Government of the Netherlands announced in October 2017 plans for an experiment with regulated cannabis production to supply the country’s famous coffee shops, the cannabis industry cautiously welcomed the idea. After more than two decades of increasing repression and criminalization, it seemed the Dutch government had finally turned the page and was taking […]

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Dutch Medical Cannabis Pioneer: You Can’t Compare Patients To Recreational Users

The first Cannabis Capital Convention was held this past September in Amsterdam, and one of the highlights was the presentation by leaders of Dutch cannabis producers Bedrocan. Co-founder and CEO Tjalling Erkelens, along with chief financial officer Mauricio Agudelo, began by debunking a persistent myth regarding the origins of the company’s name. Legend had it […]

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Pot Pro Predicts Europe To Be Prime Medical Marijuana Market

Cannabis Capital Convention In Amsterdam: ‘Europe Will Be A Medical Market First’

The iconic, ultra-modern building of the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam played host the first ever conference specifically aimed at cannabis investors based in the Netherlands. In late September, the Cannabis Capital Convention brought together investment analysts and pioneering entrepreneurs from the legal cannabis industry. Cannabis business conferences are still a rare sight in Europe. While […]

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‘Robin Hood Of Dutch’ Cannabis Rinus Beintema Talks Battling Police And Sending Product By Post

Former underground grower Rinus Beintema used to supply cannabis to Dutch coffee shops. But after being robbed at gunpoint and discovering the medicinal qualities of the plant, he decided to take a totally different approach. In 2015, he founded Suver Nuver, a cannabis social club that distributes full-plant cannabis oil at a very low price […]

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