Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo LordToran
A typical Amsterdam coffeeshop. Photo Bachrach44
Amsterdam, varied cannabis products in a shop window. Photo Nickolette
Amsterdam Drug Laws Basics
The Netherlands has a policy of tolerance on soft drugs
• Possession of drugs is punishable, but if you are found with a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis (weed/marijuana/hash) the police will seize the drugs and you will not be prosecuted.
• If you have more soft drugs than 5 grams you will be fined and risk a prison sentence.
• Minors are not allowed to hold any drugs, you must be 18 or over to buy drugs.
• Growing cannabis at home is illegal but up to 5 plants will generally not be prosecuted.
• Hard drugs are not permitted.
• Import and export of drugs is illegal.
• You cannot smoke tobacco nor weed in public, but you can in Amsterdam coffeeshops.
Worldwide Cannabis laws in 2017
As of 2017
The least restrictive cannabis laws: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay, and some U.S. jurisdictions.
In the United States, medical cannabis is allowed by some state, territorial, Native American reservation, and District of Columbia law, but medical and recreation use is illegal by federal law. While federal law is controlling, the government has chosen not to prosecute users operating in compliance with local medical and recreational marijuana laws.
The strictest cannabis laws: China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.