I read the following question and all its answers:

Is weed still legal for tourists in Amsterdam?

I am not even a weed smoker, but since I am going to Amsterdam, I thought I'd give it a try. I would just like to know how to be able to do it, since I don't quite understand if you really need a weed pass when going to a coffee-shop or not. I also don't understand if 3 years after the question/answer the situation has changed.

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    "I would just like to know to be able to do it"... I don't get it, do you think it's some kind of useful skill that you have to learn or something?
    – user541686
    May 19, 2016 at 18:38
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    Note that you might fail drug tests afterwards, for quite some time.
    – Aganju
    May 19, 2016 at 19:38
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    If you do not use weed at home, why do it when in Amsterdam, it is as illegal and there is no need for it at all!
    – Willeke
    May 19, 2016 at 20:00
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    Also note that depending on the country that you're coming from, this could land you in trouble back home. Many nations have it written in to law that if you do something illegal abroad that is illegal at home, you can and will be (if they find out) charged just the same back home.
    – user43814
    May 20, 2016 at 4:23
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    My top tip - visit Getto. The nachos are great and the Appletinis are intensely good. Who needs weed when you are hammered in a gay bar :D
    – Gusdor
    May 20, 2016 at 7:04

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What the law currently says is that "coffee shops" are only allowed to sell cannabis to people residing in the Netherlands (ingezetenencriterium) and can check that by asking a proof of registration from a Dutch municipality (together with a valid ID). This rule has replaced the "weed pass" concept, which has been abandoned, and is in principle valid nationwide.

However, it's up to the municipalities to integrate this new rule in their local "coffee shop policy" and coordinate with the police and the public prosecutor to enforce it. As of mid-2015, most municipalities in the Netherlands did so and municipalities in the south (which drove the reform in the first place) seem especially aggressive in enforcing it (I saw media reports about police raids and coffee shop closures).

But Amsterdam most certainly did not, and various press reports suggest that it first agreed to close coffee shops that were too close to schools intead of implementing the new rule and then decided to postpone that while waiting for a court decision. The justice minister also went on record (in 2012, as the new rules were introduced) stating that the ministry would not try to enforce the residency rule in Amsterdam on its own and could not specify when it would be implemented.

As a practical matter, in Amsterdam, as of Spring 2016, you can buy whatever you want and smoke on the premises without any problem, no questions asked. Personally, I do not smoke and obviously cannot vouch that each and every shop will serve you but that's what I have observed and I can't imagine shops would restrict purchases unless the municipality forces them to. You can also buy weed as a tourist in The Hague (and, I think, Rotterdam and Utrecht) but they tend to be stricter with regards to other products like space cakes.

  • +1. @OP note that they will ask for your ID (passport, driving license, etc) even if you look like an obvious foreigner.
    – AKS
    May 19, 2016 at 22:41
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    So you're saying you can be Relaxed without drugs? +1 for that! :)
    – simbabque
    May 20, 2016 at 8:02
  • kudos on the use of the word "razzias" glad I looked it up before correcting it!
    – MD-Tech
    May 20, 2016 at 10:20

just walk into the coffee shop, you will know which ones will be selling weed it will be painfully obvious, go up to the counter and say

'alright mate can i have some kush and coffee'

Sit down and he will bring it to you, pretty simple


I was in Amsterdam 3 months ago, and I had no problem to buy and smoke weed in a coffeeshop and I was in several coffeeshops ;)

I was also in Rotterdam and Den Haag and even there it wasn't a problem.

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