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Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

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Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

Hello,

I am visiting Amsterdam in late October with my friend and was curious about Pot laws. As an American citizen will I be turned down at Coffee Shops to purchase Pot or pot related products? Are there some spots that are more tourist friendly than others? Where are some of the lesser known spots that might not attract the tourist hoards? I just don't want to go there and exemplify the ignorant American stereotype, just want to relax and enjoy a beautiful city.

Thanks,

Kevin

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1. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

Yes you can still go into a coffeeshop and buy. Legally up to 5 grams at a time.

You can smoke there or go some where else and smoke.

Smoking on the streets is something to avoid.

Most all coffeeshops are tourists friendly. I would not be concerned with that.

In a minute I will post a great link for you to read and use as a guide.

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2. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

http://www.coffeeshop.freeuk.com/

Read the reviews click on the city-coffeeshop map ---enjoy

Edited: 05 June 2013, 17:31
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3. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

See this recent thread Cannabis and its 41 replies. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g188590-i60-k65488…

What it comes down to:

- yes you can walk into a coffeeshop and smoke or buy up to 5 grammes. See the map in post #2 or just walk the streets and follow your nose. Cannabis leave images on windows, lots of plants in the window, or simply the word coffeeshop could be pointers to look for.

- don't smoke while walking in the streets (other than cigarettes)

- tell the budtender what you're looking for and what your experience to date is. They're used to it.

- take it easy and build slowly, see how it affects you first.

And in Wikipedia, search for 'Dutch drug policy', it will tell you EVERYHING.

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5. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

Hey man thanks for the link. Fantastic, I know there was some recent legislation that passed in the Netherlands making it more difficult for tourists to access Pot, but I wasn't sure how I would be affected if at all

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6. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

Cecelia thank you. I smoke regularly in the US and certainly don't know what type of high to expect off the dutch product, I appreciate your sound advice in choosing

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7. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

That new legislation (the 'weed pass') was implemented in some border towns that were flooded with drugs tourists. The effects are not that great... drug dealing has gone underground.

But Amsterdam is still refusing to implement that legislation. The city has closed down quite a number of coffeeshops though, because of illegal transactions and such. There are now discussions of whether coffeeshops within a certain radius of schools should be closed or not.

All this will not affect the overall availability of pot for tourists in Amsterdam, yet.

And read all the replies in that other thread...

Edited: 05 June 2013, 19:00
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8. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

Fantastic break down of the new legislation for me. I am happy to hear that our acquisition of primo will not be hindered. Can you recommend any coffee shops around Jordaan? It is where I have booked an apartment for the stay. Also any good bars with authentic Dutch flavors and local feel? I am taking this trip for the true cultural bonding aspect and not nearly as much the touristy spots, although I would like to see some. I hear there is much in Amsterdam to be appreciated and I look forward to experiencing what it has to offer...

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9. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

State ordered to compensate cannabis cafe owners for lost income

Wednesday 05 June 2013

The government should pay damages to cannabis cafe owners in the south of the country who lost income when the government forced them to become member-only clubs, a court in The Hague has ruled.

The court said clients of coffee shops in Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland were unwilling to register as official cannabis users, leading to declining turnovers.

The case was brought by the Dutch cannabis retailers' association. Marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands but police turn a blind eye to the possession of up to five grammes for personal use. Cannabis cafes are licenced by their local authority to sell small amounts of the drug.

Tourism

The government hoped by turning the cafes into clubs, drugs tourism would be reduced because only people who officially live in the Netherlands would be able to join.

The club rule operated in the southern provinces between May 1 and November 19 last year, when it was abandoned. Cafe owners said they had lost up to 90% of their clientele because of the new rules.

A second court procedure will determine how much compensation should be paid, The Hague court said in its ruling.

Ban

However, the court did rule the government is within its rights to ban tourists from the coffee shops and that this does not conflict with European legislation.

The cannabis retailers' association plans to appeal against this ruling, as does justice minister Ivo Opstelten.

Peter Hendriks, owner of coffee shop Skunk in Sittard, welcomed the court's decision on compensation. He claims to have lost 75% of his clients and says many have not returned since the registration requirement was dropped, news agency ANP reported.

- See more at: dutchnews.nl/news/…sthash.4tChVqT6.dpuf

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10. Re: Pot Smoking in Amsterdam

Hemi, it's the story that will never die.

OP, look at the map on that link I gave you. You will see where your hotel is and the many shops you have a choice of.

Make sure you stop into the Grey Area. Known world wide for its high quality smoke.