Directed by
Arjen Sinninghe Damsté

Topkapi Nonfiction


In the 6-part documentary series Cannabis, the rise and fall of cannabis entrepreneur Johan van Laarhoven is told in the framework of the Dutch liberal attitude towards cannabis over the last fifty years. Whilst Van Laarhoven languishes in a Thai prison cell, it is revealed that not Thailand but the Netherlands is behind his arrest. Cannabis shows that the seed which grew into the hunt after Van Laarhoven was planted in the 1970s and the myth of the Netherlands as an exemplary state of law is brutally exposed.


The series is developed with the support of the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union and the Netherlands Production Incentive for high-end TV-series.