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Amsterdam Coffee Shops

Coffee shops are different types of 'cafes' where you can legally purchase and smoke cannabis. Lighter drugs are legal in the Netherlands and people gather in Coffee shops to meet and smoke cannabis in a relaxed atmosphere. Different Coffee shops differ greatly.

Some have alcohol licenses and play lively music, while others are quiet and sell coffee. You don't have to be 18 to be in a Coffee shop, but to buy cannabis you do.

Heavier drugs are not available and are strictly forbidden.

Some Coffee shops also ban cell phones and headgear. Anyone behaving aggressively will be immediately expelled.

Tourists should bear in mind that the local low-price varieties of cannabis are usually very strong.

Laws and rules

Tourists are allowed to go to a Coffee shop, but there are rules that must be followed:

  • Cannabis is decriminalized in Amsterdam and can be purchased and consumed in coffee shops.
  • However, it is prohibited to consume cannabis in public places such as streets and parks.
  • The sale of cannabis is only allowed in licensed coffee shops.
  • The amount sold is limited to 5 grams per person.

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