Is cannabis legal in The Netherlands?

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…

In The Netherlands the substances which are commonly seen as ‘illegal drugs’ are divided by law into 2 groups: harddrugs (List I) and softdrugs (List II).

Cannabis is seen as a softdrug. Within the Netherlands there is no active prosecution against the individual users of softdrugs, but the substances itself maintain illegal.

The Dutch created for this their own official ‘Policy of Tolerance’ (in Dutch: ‘Gedoogbeleid’). The government formulates it way more difficult, but in streetterms you can just explain it as an official ‘closing of the eyes’.

This Policy of Tolerance does have its limits: - It's not allowed to possess more then 5 grams of cannabis in a public area or 30 grams in a private area. - For cultivation you may not exceed the amount of 5 plants.

When you exceed these limits the tolerance stops and there will be some legal charges against you, when busted of course. So if you just follow these limits above you won’t have to worry about legal troubles at all.

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!

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Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Zeeland is in the south, so yes, the weed pass is effective there. A big chance this will be changed back again, but for now it's not possible to buy weed in coffeeshops if you're not a Dutch citizen.
Submitted by Anthony phillips (not verified) on
i am moving to holland to live if i do so can i smoke in coffe shops
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
As of October 1st, 2011, the city of Maastricht (In the Limbourg province), which borders Belgium and Germany, has a new law in effect. All Coffee shops in Maastricht will only sell to RESIDENTS of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. As with any coffee shop you go to, you must show your passport, and if you are not Dutch, Belgian, or German, you MUST have a legal residency permit in order to enter the shop, and/or purchase from the shop. Without this, they will turn you away!
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Do we foreigners now have to sit at the back of Dutch buses, in the non-smoking section? Shall we do the obvious "Your papers please!" 'joke' now?...pfft KongofPip
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Hey It's 2012 now and we are all Human Beings!!! So Keep Smoking!!! I have a job A House, A Husband and i have a Nice apartment!!!! So for all the Human Beings that Drink keep drinking but ya got nothing on us Human Beings That smoke....Don't live in fear its 2012 Not the 60's not the 70's 80's 0r 90's its 2012!!!! Free all Human Beings from the Earth's Fascist IDEOLOGY while Human Beings are smoking Bath Salts, Crack, Heroine and yes all the Human Beings that we do not know about that are Hooked on Prescription Pills. FREE THE WEED!!! WE ARE GOING TO LIVE NOW!!!! I LOVE AMSTERDAM!!!! LIVE ALL HUMAN BEINGS BECAUSE THERE IS A MOVEMENT NOW!!!! BE SAFE!!!! DON"T TAKE THE HARD DRUGS and DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! IN FACT TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY and DON"T EVEN DRINK!!! GOD BLESS PLANET EARTH!!!
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
I'll drink to that.
Submitted by Dr Ganj on
So at this moment is it allowed for british people to buy ganja in amsterdam??
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Yes, it is... No problem...
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
isit still legal for tourists?
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Yes, it still is. January 1, 2013 the weed pass will go into effect in Amsterdam. Although at this moment it's still not sure it will go through at all... There's hope...
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
We are having minor problems related to the black market sale of marijuana, so we are going to increase restrictions on the legal sale of cannabis, creating more black market opportunity. God I love right wing logic.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
i am from cyprus and i am going in amsterdam at november 5! is weed still allowded to tourists?
Submitted by John Dope on
yes it is dude. have fun.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Dudes, Can I still blunt up in Amsterdam and Drachten?
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
I was in Amsterdam a couple weeks ago and had no problems buying it in the coffee Shops. They had signs that said must present valid passport or ID but no one asked for it.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
i want to buy ticket NOW to amsterdam (2013), but now i'm not sure because i have heard/read that weedpass is coming to amsterdam.. so what should i do? I don't want to be disappointed if i buy them now... from where and when i can read 100% true news is that going to happen?
Submitted by John Dope on
It is 100% sure that you will be able to find your weed in Amsterdam. The government has decided to ban the weedpas system, but wants cannabis to be sold only to Dutch citizens. This still means that the government of Amsterdam might decide to not follow this law and you might still be able to visit coffeeshops as it ever was. If not, then you have nothing to worry as well as the herbs will still be available in the streets as what happened in the South of the country. And in that case the price might even go down.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
the mayor of Amsterdam has today said that the city will not be enforcing the weedpass in Amsterdam ! so book your flight and go get smashed !! 1st november 2012 !
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
i'm from holland, and they removed the weed passes. the weedpass was made for tourists who live near the border of Germany, Belgium etc. Amsterdam will never have such thing like a weedpass
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
hi i have booked up for april 2013 is weed banned xx
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
So if I live in America and I wanna go to Amsterdam next year and visit a coffee shop, I can even though I'm not a resident of Holland?
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
You cannot buy unless you have a resident card *(proof of id purchase) for marijuana.... Ignore amsterdamer's as they are living in a dream pretending that they are above the law and this will never happen!!! For PROOF look around at the other small towns and cities where the law** has now enrolled.... The coffee shop owener will not sell you (NON DUTCH RESIDENT) cannabis as they will loose their licence to sell ..... FACT....
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Fact? You're not right... It's still unclear what's gonna happen...
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Dude you are so dumb the have said this is not happening anymore. Keep up with the news
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Im sorry but your statements incorrect ! Im from uk it is down to the mayor of each city to decide if they enforce the law i know bout this i was in holland for new years eve from 27th dec till 3rd jan the big cities like amsterdam rotterdam and den haag they are not yet refusing tourists entry. !!! **** FACT ****
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Hi! I want visit amsterdam next febrary'13! So can I visit coffeeshop anb smoke in??
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Don't worry people. You should definitely come to Holland, and ofcourse you can smoke weed withouth any difficulties. I am from Holland but I've been living abroad for quite some times. I met lots of people who went to Holland and it can't be easier. Especially in Amsterdam weed is available in almost every coffeeshop, especially for tourists. The tourists are the most important target group for the coffeeshop owners so don't worry about that. Come come come! You gonna love it.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Hi, has the ban on non Dutch citizens buying cannabis come in to effect now?? Is it being ignored in Amsterdam? Due to go there in may and won't be the same without a smoke!!
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Yes, the weed pass has come into effect. And yes, Amsterdam is ignoring the ban. Every tourist can still buy and smoke weed, nothing changed. And I don't see a problem for the future.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
and in den haag haarlem rotterdam you can buy weed n hash no problem !
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
I was just over in Amsterdam in early Dec 12. I seen a few different signs up around the city saying that the law has passed but only for a few boarder towns. I was away for 5 days and im booked to go back over in late Feb to early March. I wouldn't have booked to go back so soon if i thought that it would all change in just over 9 weeks. So book and get your ass to the DAM as fast as you can and never worry yourself about not getting any weed.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Amsterdam ! The weed and hash tolerance will not stop yet in the capital city do not cancel your trips unless you are going to places like breda or maastricht. Rotterdam and Den Haag still also accept foreign tourists i was in den haag 2 days ago no restrictions there although dont forget your passport or id card as you will probably get id'd no matter what your age is Its a new requirement i think for staff in coffeeshops to ask for id to all people who look 30 or younger also haarlem and utrecht will not turn you away from their coffeeshops. . .
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Please someone make it clear for me , going romantic weekend to Maastricht is it mean that there is no chance for me to have nice blunt anymore , omg what a shame
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Maastricht... the weed pass is effective over there, so you will not be able to buy in a coffeeshop. Because of this Maastricht is loaded with streetdealers everywhere. And with everywhere I really mean everywhere... But if a street dealer is an OK option for you I don't know.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
No , obviously not , Holland was a place where was allowed sit and smoke in nice atmosphere without feeling guilty of supporting criminal activity :-((( well , just will change trip destination , could You be this nice and tell me which other cities still let tourists in to their precious coffeeshops
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Just the south of Holland is problematic. The middle and the north is no problem at all, including Amsterdam.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Thanks a lot , so Amsterdam here I go , Peace for everyone
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
how long will it take for the dam to stop selling to tourists as i want to go but got told the passes were in place from the 1st of january onwards?
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
i have been living here for about 20 years i have came acroos people taking they believe that it makes them go high
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
So just to make it clear.... If I go to Amsterdam in June 2013. Will I be able to go into coffee shops?
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
Yes
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Dear Dailysmoker, I believe similar questions have been asked before, but would it be possible to smoke cannabis (legally) in the Hague or Leiden (given that i am a foreigner), and will be a student. Also, just a question, is Leiden university generally regarded as a good uni? Thank You
Submitted by Deb (not verified) on
You will be able to smoke as much as you want. Also, Leiden is the best university in the country, their Harvard.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
We're set to travel in April 2013, we planned to go back in November but with the weed pass and everything we decided to wait until the legislation was a lot clearer. My question is has the ruling to ban cannabis with a THC content higher than 15% been passed, and if not is this a real issue they're actively looking at in the coming months? Thanks.
Submitted by The Daily Smoker on
No, don't worry...
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Just wondering if you could clarify: Now that the laws are supposed to have tightened up, will it still be possible for foreigners to smoke in coffeeshops in cities like Utrecht and Rotterdam? Looking to go in March 2013, I'm sure Amsterdam is still fine but just wondering whether the other cities are being pressured into using the Weed Pass?
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Hey there, I`m going to be visiting Almelo at the end of August 2013. I just want to know how the changes in drug laws are affecting the area. Will I be able to go to a coffee shop and buy cannabis legally, as a non-dutch citizen? Also, is smoking pot allowed outside in public?
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
I was there a few years ago.I read that smoking was not allowed in public.They would need to build a big jail for all the people that were smoking in public including me.I have not heard that tourist could not by weed.I will go to Denver if that is the case
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Which coffee shops can I buy and smoke in when I go to Rotterdam next week? British citizen. Where do you recomend, will be getting the train from Belgium for a days smoking.
Submitted by visitor (not verified) on
Is still legal to enter and buy weed and hash in rotterdam coffeshops without the weedpass?

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