Hans Kamperman is fighting for the decriminalisation of cannabis. Since the beginning of 2018, he has been camping out in front of the parliament building in The Hague. The sad peak of his campaign was a failed suicide attempt.
Many people believe that cannabis is legal in the Netherlands. However, this is a wrong assumption. As part of the so-called “tolerance policy”, the sale and consumption of cannabis is merely tolerated. This also applies to growing up to five plants, provided these are intended for your own consumption. This last point sealed Hans Kamperman’s fate.
Because of five cannabis plants, he has had a ton of trouble on his back since 2016. Kamperman wanted to use the plants to produce oil for cancer patients. But the police put a wrench in the works of his plan. They confiscated the plants and arrested him. In December 2017, the court in Arnhem-Leeuwarden found him guilty.
The sentence did not lead to any punishment, but it did have consequences. Because Kamperman had a previous conviction, he will not be able to travel to Canada for the next five years, where he has invested a lot of money in a nature reserve….