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Amsterdam's Drug Policy
Update December, 2010
New drug policy for Amsterdam? In December 2010 the freshly installed Dutch government announced their plan to make coffeeshops for Dutch people only by introducing so-called 'weed passes'. With no doubt, this will have an enormous impact on the city of Amsterdam as we all know it. But don't panic yet... At this moment it's still a plan and nothing more and it will be real difficult to make it a reality. There's nothing known yet about a time schedule for this plan. Of course we will keep you up to date when something changes. For now, come join the party!
Update May, 2011
And they repeat the message...
Millions of tourists visit Amsterdam each year. One of the main reasons is because of the attitude the Dutch have towards the possession and consumption of marijuana. The Netherlands, and specifically Amsterdam, is known for its liberal and progressive Drugpolicy.
The Drugpolicy of The Netherlands is difficult to explain to others who are not that familiar with the Dutch political and legal system. We will try to explain the situation around the Dutch Drugpolicy with the following questions/answers:
No. Surpised? Let’s first get the biggest mistake made immediately straight: Lots of people think cannabis is legal within The Netherlands. Well, it’s really not…
No. The cultivation of cannabis is illegal in The Netherlands. The cultivation of cannabis may get you in big legal troubles. When busted of course.
Since the cultivation is illegal, it simply falls out of the sky right below the counter of the shop. Very strange, but these miracles happen all the time in Amsterdam. Now seriously…
Coffeeshop owners have to follow some very strict rules. If a coffeeshop does not follow one of the rules, it can be shut down very easily with not many possibilities for the owner to complain.
Uhh... Don't think so! Marijuana is illegal within The Netherlands at the moment and the rules for coffeeshops became stricter the last few years.
In The Netherlands, and specifically Amsterdam, there are so-called 'Smartshops'. A smartshop is a shop which is specialized in the sales of psychoactive substances.
Cocaine, Heroine, XTC etc. You can complete the list yourself probably. These kinds of drugs are in The Netherlands on List I, so they’re highly illegal within The Netherlands. Just as in any other country…
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