Coffeeshop FAQ

Are Marijuana and Coffeeshops legal in the Netherlands?

No. However the health department in the Netherlands already found out that Cannabis was less harmful than other ‘illegal’ substances, the government decided not to prosecute the possession of small amounts of Cannabis.

Can I also smoke outside of the Coffeeshop?

So far there is only one square in the West of Amsterdam where you are not allowed to smoke weed in public. Note that there are specific areas, such as the Red Light District, where the municipal of Amsterdam has called for ‘zero tolerance’. However, there are no signs of this been enforced.

And smoking in other places?

Although cannabis is only for sale in the coffeeshops, other establishments are free in their decision whether or not to allow cannabis-smoking.

Are tourists allowed to visit Coffeeshops?

Yes, with a valid identification anybody is welcome into a coffeeshop to purchase hashish/weed.

Do i have to buy Weed in a Coffeeshop?

No. However, like any other establishment you most likely have to order ‘something’. It’s also fine to smoke weed or hashish purchased somewhere else, if you order a soft drink.

Do Coffeeshops sell alcohol?

No. In early 2007 Coffeeshops that served alcohol were forced to choose between cannabis and beer. Only a handfull of these coffeeshops decided to keep serving alcohol and become a regular bar/ cafe.

Although cannabis is only for sale in the coffeeshops, other establishments are free in their decision whether or not to allow cannabis-smoking. In other words; in Amsterdam there are enough regular cafes, bars and clubs where you can still enjoy a beer and roll a joint.

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How much Marijuana or Hash can I buy?

You are legally allowed to buy 5 grams (of either) per Coffeeshop, per day.

Assuming you don’t really need more per day. Medicinal Marijuana users are allowed to carry/ buy more. However they require a prescription and Medicinal pass. The grass, in this case, is bought over the counter at the pharmacy.

Is it illegal to purchase cannabis on the street?

We do not recommend buying anything from street dealers, especially when you’re surrounded by coffeeshops.

Do I need a ‘pass’ to enter a Coffeeshop?

The ‘Coffeeshop Pass System’ is something which is implemented only in the south of Holland.

What are the average prices of weed and hashish?

The prices vary between the different shops, and of course per Weed or Hash. All prices depend on quality, and sometimes quantity. (5 gram discounts)

– Mostly Sativas range from 10 – to 18 Euro per gram
– Mostly Indicas range from 8 to 16 Euro per gram
– Hashish ranges from 6  to 35 Euro per gram

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What is the ‘250 meter rule’?

The government decided on distance requirements between coffeeshops and secondary schools, as part of local measures. Amsterdam adopted the distance criteria in 2014 and as such, introduced the phased closure of coffeeshops that are located within 250 metres of a school. These coffeeshops loose their tolerance declaration.

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis, the part that makes you feel high. CBD is another compound in the cannabis plant which has therapeutic effects but no high.

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