Apr 282016

Trish, my wife, entered this shop for a coffee. The shop is located in Haarlam, Amsterdam.

The  BIG Mistake

After a couple of hours of walking and sight-seeing in Haarlam (1/2 hr from Amsterdam), Trish decided to go into the Take Away Shop for a coffee. I was in the car and suddenly looked up at the sign and realized our mistake.   I hurried in to find her discussing her mistake with a friendly woman behind a bullet proof glass petition. A small window allowed customers to slip in the money before the majijiana would be passed out. It was a take-away establishment.   Both of us returned to our car with big broad smiles on our faces.   We had no take aways.

From the Internet:

Amsterdam coffee shops, not to be confused with cafés, have been a part of the city since the 1970s, when the Dutch government made a clear distinction in the law between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ drugs.

Rates of cannabis use in the Netherlands are equivalent to or lower than those of many nearby countries (which do not have coffee shops),3 and are substantially lower than those of the US

One of the major events for Amsterdam coffee shops is the High Times Cannabis Cup, which takes place towards the end of November, during the week of Thanksgiving. This major smoking event usually leads to Amsterdam coffee shops crawls and cannabis clouds throughout the city.

Amsterdam Drug Laws

The Netherlands has a special tolerance policy on soft drugs, but if we look at the laws:

– Possession of drugs is punishable, again, with a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis (weed, marihuana or hash) the police will seize the drugs, but you can give them up and you will not be prosecuted.

– Minors are not allowed to have any drugs, the tolerance policy does not apply to them, so you must be 18 or over to buy drugs

– Growing weed at home is illegal, however 5 plants or less you can give them up and you will generally not be prosecuted

– Hard drugs are not allowed

– You cannot smoke in public, and use of soft drugs like smoking weed is not allowed either you can do that in Amsterdam coffeeshops

Amsterdam Coffee shopsUnknown 

You must get to Amsterdam coffee shops to buy weed. You’ll find about 200 coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

I Amsterdam coffeeshops are not allowed to sell alcohol. This is a bad combination.

Most coffeeshops have a menu.

A general rule of thumb is: the more expensive, the stronger the weed. For inexperienced smokers a gram of weed will get you high about 6 times and you should be able to make at least 3 joints nice from a single gram.


Driving under the influence of drugs is not allowed, and is treated the same as drunk driving. In recent years, Amsterdam police have announced that they will also be cracking down on people cycling under the influence of soft drugs such as marijuana.


  • Sensory distortion
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Poor coordination of movement
  • Lowered reaction time
  • After an initial “up,” the user feels sleepy or depressed
  • Increased heartbeat (and risk of heart attack)


  • Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Growth disorders
  • Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body
  • Reduction of male sex hormones
  • Rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions (injuries) to the brain could be permanent
  • Reduced sexual capacity
  • Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Personality and mood changes and an inability to understand things clearly

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