August de Loor

Since August de Loor became the first community worker in the Netherlands in 1970, he has been involved in everything related to drugs and drug policy in Amsterdam and far beyond. For years he ran the Drugs Advice Bureau and carried out pioneering work in the field of harm reduction.

He is not only a thorn in the side for the government but also for the Dutch cannabis industry. In December 2017, August received the Frans Banninck Cocqpenning from the municipality of Amsterdam for his significant contribution to the city’s, national, and international drug policy.

In 2022 August received the Koos Zwart Award for his contribution to the to the legalization and normalization of cannabis.