The Netherlands may be tolerant towards smoking weed. But it still maintains strict rules on what’s legal and illegal when it comes to using marijuana in the country. If you are visiting Amsterdam, here are some of the things worth knowing if you’re thinking of giving cannabis a try:
Look for coffeeshops
Coffeeshops are not to be confused with the regular coffee shops or coffee houses strewn around Amsterdam. The former are establishments where it is legal to buy and smoke weed. There are many of them around Amsterdam so finding one shouldn’t be a problem. But don’t look for any obvious signs or advertisements indicating that the place is selling pot. It is illegal for coffeeshops to advertise selling of marijuana.
Pick a coffeeshop that best suits you
Amsterdam has over a hundred coffeeshops. Finding the right place for you can be overwhelming given the wide array of choices. To make choosing easier, you can check for some recommendations online. Explore coffeeshops away from main tourist hubs if you want a more relaxing and less crowded ambiance. 1e Hulp Coffeeshop, Abraxas, Barney’s, and Katsu are just a few of the places where you can legally purchase and smoke a pot while in the area.
Get inside and buy what you need
You can buy and smoke pot with ease in any coffeeshop. As long as you’re of legal age, you can pretty much get the weed as long as you’re inside the establishment. While many establishments don’t check guests’ identification, make sure that you carry a valid ID with you just in case they ask for it. You can smoke up to 5 grams of marijuana. It is illegal to use more than that.
Price and quality varies
Price and quality of marijuana sold in coffeeshops vary. Avoid the more touristy spots if you’re looking for quality weed at more affordable prices. Take the less beaten paths to coffeeshops in quiet streets or anywhere that there is not much tourist traffic.
Don’t smoke in public
Don’t buy and smoke weed outside coffeeshops. Smoking pot is illegal in public places in the country. Avoid any dealers on the street who may try talk to you into buying weed from them. If you want to experience smoking pot while in Amsterdam, make sure that you do it only in legitimate establishments like coffeeshops.