One of the first things that people often ask me about Amsterdam is marijuana. So… how does it work? Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
- You are not allow to smoke in public.
- You are not allow to be found carrying more than 5 grams.
- You must be 18 or older use marijuana.
Technically, you’re not suppose to have any on your at all- cops usually just confiscate it and let you go. If you’re caught with plants at home, cops will take those too. If you have more than three plants then you’re in serious trouble.
To purchase and smoke marijuana, you need to visit a coffee shop. You won’t find coffee in coffee shops of Amsterdam- they call those cafes. Upon entrance, you’re required to show ID to prove you’re over 18 years of age. You can ask for a menu to see what you want to buy.
Chances are, the more expensive the weed is, the stronger it is.
Fun fact: I’ve actually never been inside a coffee shop. I stood outside because I was too scared to go in.
More info: http://www.amsterdam.info/coffeeshops/