6 best places to watch World Cup in Amsterdam and the trainstations

It has started! We have changed our background to orange to support the Dutch and finally the first game has been played. Today will be the day that the Dutch might be able to have at least some revenge on the Spanish team after one of the most frustrating final games ever played in a

Amsterdam Dance Event

If you were planning a trip to Amsterdam soon, then now is the right time! The Amsterdam Dance Event is starting this week and is an event not to be missed! The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the biggest event in Dance music in the Netherlands and brings shitloads of great acts to the city

Marijuana Music

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How to Roll and Smoking Tips

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Amsterdam Coffee Shop Google Map

Coffeeshops Map Amsterdam There are many coffeeshops in Amsterdam, in and outside of the centre. Some of them good, some of them mostly there for tourists. We picked out a few that we know are good. Have a look at our coffeeshops amsterdam page for more info. For all the coffeeshops and their location, we

Amsterdam Coffee Shops

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How Marijuana Affects Your Brain

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Where are you from?

“Where are you from?” When a Dutch person is  abroad and answers this question with; “I am from the Netherlands” (or Amsterdam in particular), then the rest of the conversation will almost certainly be about drugs. Back in the days, the Dutch were famous for wooden shoes, tulips and cheese, but those days are gone. Abroad people think any typical Dutch person must be smoking weed all day, just because they are allowed to. But what would you do if smoking weed was legal and accepted? Ask a random young tourist in Amsterdam what they are there for end the most heard answer will probably be; ¨smoking weed!¨

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That most tourists visit The Netherlands because of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam is a fact, but not a fact that has been researched in detail. The ATCB (Tourist bureau) did a study in 2007 about the reasons people visit Amsterdam and try to find out how often they visit a Coffeeshop during their stay. According to this study more than 30% of the tourists visit a coffeeshop during their stay in The Netherlands. For 10% it is one of the main reasons for their visit. We have to keep in mind that the main purpose of the organization doing the research is to stimulate tourism growth. We don’t know if there is any bias towards this special group. But what is promising is that this is the first study that acknowledges the existence of drugs tourism. Wether this is good or bad for the city of Amsterdam is a whole different discussion, but there is a group who would probably not visit Amsterdam if their access to a coffeeshop would be limited, as was the plan with the whole ¨weedpass¨ affair.

¨It will never be mentioned in any official documents, because it is not something we are proud of, but we have to accept the fact that a lot of tourists visit Amsterdam to just to be able to smoke a joint. And yes, a good second attraction is the Rijksmuseum”, says Arjen Roskamp, chairman of the Union for Cannabis Retailers.

In the last few years, the government of Amsterdam has been trying to bring down the amount of coffeeshops based in the city drastically. The number of coffeeshops has decreased significantly over the past years as in 1995 it peaked with 350 shops, but today there are less than 180 shops in Amsterdam. Coffeeshops lose their license over small clerical errors. And the city regulation pays more surprise-visits, hoping to find reasons to close down more coffeeshops.

A lot of shops have been closed down during between 2006 and 2008 when new laws were passed, forbidding shops within 500m reach of schools. A lot of shops in all parts of the Netherlands had to close. Amsterdam at that time decided to not cooperate with this law and took a different approach. Main reason to not comply was because almost 93 percent of the shops in Amsterdam would have to close according to this law. They realized that this would not realistic. But the alternative regulations that were adapted instead are also reducing the number of shops, but just a bit slower. The few shops left are taking more and more risks because they have to have a tight supply run to keep up with demand. The strict stock regulations make it almost unworkable for them. They would run out of stock couple of times a day, so they need people bringing in new stuff constantly.
We hope that the city counsel will come to their senses and let them appreciate the large number of shops as a service for a lot of tourists. Just like you want lots of bike lanes you must also have a great distribution network for other things that are high in demand.

Written by Helpfuljosh,
born in Germany from two Dutch parents, later moved back to The Netherlands where he grew up. He has a fascination for the United States and has visited the “land of the free” many times. Lately the legislation of weed has his special interest and he closely follows what is happening across the pond. He discovered his love for growing and using marijuana fairly late (he was almost 30) but now is a marijuana enthusiast supporting and promoting the plant in his surroundings and online. As a volunteer he is connected to the “I love growing marijuana” growforum and community. Providing lots of guides and a genuine interest in helping all types of growers improve their skills and growing knowledge.