Coffeeshops in Amsterdam
Coffeeshops are permitted to sell a maximum of five grammes to each patron and the possession of this, although technically against the law, is tolerated by the authorities. Coffeeshops are taxed and strictly regulated. You must be 18 years of age to enter a coffeeshop.
All hard drugs and the sale of soft drugs on the street are strictly illegal and therefore punishable by law. Please note that smoking regular tobacco in a coffeeshop is not allowed due to the smoking ban.
Tourists still allowed to use coffeeshops in Amsterdam
Plans to introduce a national membership system for coffeeshops in the Netherlands were widely publicised but the latest decision is that tourists can continue to visit coffeeshops in Amsterdam, also after 1 January 2013.
The Mayor of Amsterdam took this decision based on the latest coalition accord presented by the new Cabinet in October 2012. The outgoing Cabinet (2010 - 2012) had proposed that only Dutch membership holders would be allowed access to coffeeshops. Users would have to register to receive a coffeeshop membership card. This membership system, already initiated in the south of the Netherlands, is now off the table for Amsterdam.Check the official City of Amsterdam Press room dossier on Coffeeshops for more information.