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Anonymous asked in TravelEurope (Continental)Netherlands · 9 years ago

Can tourists still smoke marijuana in Amsterdam?

I plan to go to Amsterdam to embrace there "culture" with my friend in January and some one has told me that now it is illegal for tourists to smoke marijuana in Amsterdam. Is this true ?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Ah, that's the second question this week alone.

    The current state of drugs tourism in the Netherlands

    Apparently there's a lot of publicity in the foreign press, enough to make the stoners, dopeheads and druggies wonder if there is any point in visiting Amsterdam (there is but only if you can broaden your horizon beyond being drunk and/or stoned). Currently the Dutch coffeeshop scene is as it has been for years. Coffeeshops are decriminalized as is use and possession for personal use (5 grams), the suppliers of the coffeeshops are still criminals. Shops require anyone to prove with a valid ID that you are at least 18 years old. This site: is a fountain of English information about the Amsterdam coffeeshop scene.

    The latest plan was that, starting this fall, in the southern and eastern provinces they will start converting coffeeshops to members-only clubs. Each coffeeshop can have a max of 1500 "members' and that need to be dutch residents. Additionally they will up the limit for distance to schools from 250 to 350 meters. Some municipalities are resisting this, others are welcomming the new laws. One of the left wing opposition parties, D66, has pushed for a legalisation of weed.

    After that it looked all set to go until our council of state, which has the last word on some government and legal issues ruled that an earlier experiment of the city of Maastricht with banning tourists was illegal. Not because you couldn't ban them but because you cannot use additional local ordonances to regulate something that's forbidden in the first place. And weed is forbidden in our "opiumlaw".

    So, after our politicians come back from summer hollidays they have a few options.

    1. Adjust our law that outlaws marihuana which is frankly not very likely

    2. Start enforcing the law and close coffeeshops alltogether

    3. think of something different.

    The reason behind all this is that most of the Dutch get sick of the foreign junkies that come here to score and behave like this country is lawless. Additionally the other reason behind the members-only is that it may discourage the determination of our teens to kill off as many brain cells as they can using dope.

    Source(s): sick of dopeheads, hope they find a way to ban them all
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  • 9 years ago

    Why travel for drug use?

    It`s just as legal wherever you are as it is in The Netherlands.

    Seriously though - it`s being discussed to ban non-locals from purchasing the stuff at the normal point of sale (the coffee shops).

    The reason for this is the increase of crime due to non-locals traveling from all over to visit coffee shops in The Netherlands.

    Although, in the larger cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, to name a few) this is not such a large problem (yet) - along the border with Belgium and Germany they do have these problems - and that is where they started to consider the 'weed-pass'.

    So, to stop this - drug addicts visiting The Netherlands should behave as if they were normal people.

    No crime, no harassing others - just be quiet and enjoy whatever your drug is.

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  • 9 years ago

    Looks like your friend was right. Although this is talking about buying, not using.

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