Population
16916000
Tolerance
9 / 10
Medical
Yes
Status
Essentially legal

The Dutch policy allows citizens to own small amounts of weed and cultivate a few cannabis plants. The maximum amount of weed you can carry is five grams (0.2 ounces) and you can grow no more than five cannabis plants.

Selling weed in coffee shops remains technically illegal, but is tolerated by police and prosecutors so long as owners stick to the rules. No selling "hard drugs" like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines. Do not cause a nuisance in the neighbourhood. Do not sell weed to minors -- that's under-18-year-olds. Do not sell more than five grams (0.2 ounces) at a time. Do not advertise your coffee shop.

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Medical


Dronabinol: Available
Bedrocan: Available
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Hemp


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Culture

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The city of Amsterdam is well known for its numerous weed-friendly cafés, more than 250. 


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History


  • The Netherlands criminalizes cannabis

    1953

  • Marijuana Decriminalized in the Netherlands

    1976

    In 1976, the Netherlands adopted de facto decriminalization. Under Dutch law, possession remains a crime, but the national policy of the Ministry of Justice is to not enforce that law.

    After 1980, a system of 'coffee shops' evolved in which the purchase of small quantities of cannabis by adults was informally tolerated and was then formally permitted in shops that were licensed.


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