In this guide, you will find out everything there is to know about Cannabis in Amsterdam, where to find it, how much it costs, and the laws surrounding it.
Whether you are traveling to Amsterdam and excited to try out the local coffee shops, or you are just curious to know more about the laws there,
I’ve got you covered ☺
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Disclaimer: I don’t provide any legal advice or encourage the use of cannabis or any other illicit substances.
Tolerance Level Guesstimation [1= very illegal with severe punishment, 10= total legalization] – 9
Cannabis is decriminalized in Amsterdam. However, it is still not legal! You cannot grow it or smoke it in public, but there are several legal coffee shops where you can relax and enjoy cannabis.
Amsterdam Cannabis Laws
As soon as you hear the word ‘Amsterdam,’ you instantly think of legal weed, right?
Well, this is a little misconception you and a lot of people might have.
Cannabis is technically decriminalized in Amsterdam. This means that you can use and possess small amounts of weed, and it will be tolerated. However, cannabis is still ILLEGAL! Big shock, right?
You might think that since it’s Amsterdam, you can smoke weed on the streets or carry just about any amount on you in public. But actually, you cannot.
There are legal coffee shops where you can buy (just 5 grams), and even smoke cannabis, but you still cannot smoke a joint out in the streets in public. This is illegal, and the cops will not tolerate it.
Possession and even use of cannabis are decriminalized and tolerated. However, you are not allowed to carry more than 5 grams of cannabis on you. If the cops catch you, you might be let off with a warning, or you might have to pay a fine. It depends upon the temperament of the cop who catches you.
As for smoking a joint in public- it is not allowed! Of course, a lot of tourists and even some locals don’t know that smoking cannabis in public is illegal! But if you want to stay out of trouble, it is better to smoke in the coffee shops than to take your joint outside and smoke on the streets.
Prices, Quality and Types of Cannabis
Since there are so many legal ‘coffee shops’ in Amsterdam, you can almost be sure that you will be served some excellent quality cannabis. The strains here are very strong- much more potent than anything you might have tried anywhere else. It is best to start with a small amount first. Otherwise, the cannabis might just knock you out!
Prices of Cannabis
Since cannabis is legal in Amsterdam, you will find lots of different strains that all cost different prices. If you decide to buy a ‘pure joint,’ which is a joint made of just cannabis and no tobacco, it might cost you double the price of a typical joint! However, it is quite strong, so be careful. The rates will vary, depending upon the strain and the grams.
Quality of Weed
As long as you are buying your weed from legal dispensaries or the legal coffee shops, you can be assured that you will get excellent quality cannabis. It might be some of the best (and strongest) you have ever had in your life!
Types of Plant
Amsterdam is a stoners paradise. You will find dozens of strains and different types of plants here. While some of the most common strains are Sativa and Indica, however, there are a mindboggling number of other strains you will find.
Some of these include:
- Lemon Haze
- Laughing Buddha
- OG Kush
- Gorilla Glue
- White Widow
Where can you buy cannabis in Amsterdam?
Almost everywhere! Amsterdam is a heaven for those who like to smoke weed- and lots of it! You will find coffee shops all around the city, along with legal marijuana dispensaries as well. You don’t need to be hush-hush about smoking weed in Amsterdam. Just look around, or ask someone for help, and you will find some of the most friendly and authentic places in Amsterdam to buy absolutely any kind of cannabis you want to!
Cannabis Culture in Amsterdam
Now, although cannabis is not a ‘hush-hush’ business in Amsterdam, it does not mean that anything and everything goes. Most locals simply don’t care or will turn away if you are smoking a joint on the streets. But the cops might not react in the same way- they might fine you or even arrest you. Why? Because smoking cannabis in public is illegal in Amsterdam!
That being said, you will find plenty of coffee shops open where you are welcome to smoke your joint or buy one from the coffee shop itself. Along with that, you will also find lots of edibles- cakes, sweets, candies, and works! All of them, of course, have cannabis in them.
The only thing to keep in mind is to go slow, and don’t lose your mind over the types and quantity you find here. It is powerful, so you don’t want to overdo it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to buy weed from parks?
In Amsterdam, you don’t need to! There are legal shops in every corner, so just visit a shop and buy it without any hassle!
Can you smoke hash on the streets?
You can, but you shouldn’t. Although the city is very tolerant of cannabis, you should still respect its laws. It is illegal to smoke in public- but if you must find a safe spot to do it where you will not be caught by the cops.
What happens if you are caught with marijuana?
As long as it is a small amount of ‘personal use,’ you will be fine. Too much, and the cops will instantly be suspicious.
Is it easy to get weed in Amsterdam?
Extremely! Just look around- you will find shops in every street corner!
Is cannabis legal in Amsterdam?
Cannabis is decriminalized in Amsterdam. However, it is still not legal! You cannot grow it or smoke it in public, but there are several legal coffee shops where you can relax and enjoy cannabis