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Smoking weed in an Amsterdam coffeeshop is on every stoner’s bucket list. If you're planning a trip to the Netherlands and want to stay on the right side of the law and have a good time, here are the Amsterdam weed prices and rules you can expect.
You’ve probably heard stories and seen movies depicting carefree cannabis use in Amsterdam, but did you know that marijuana is illegal in the Netherlands? However, there is an exception if you buy weed (5 grams or less; twice a day maximum) from a licensed coffeeshop. Medical marijuana is distributed by pharmacies. Smoking in public is not allowed.
Be sure to research the cannabis laws in Amsterdam before visiting the city. If you are caught with more than the decriminalized amount of soft drugs, you may get fined and face a prison sentence. If caught with under 5 grams of weed, the police may confiscate the drugs.
Growing cannabis at home is not legal. However, growing less than five plants of cannabis at home is decriminalized. If you are caught with under 5 plants, the authorities may confiscate the plants.
How to Buy Weed in Amsterdam
Are you looking to buy cannabis from an Amsterdam coffeeshop?
Here’s how simple it is:
It's not hard to find a coffeeshop in Amsterdam. All you have to do is look for the locations that have the coffeeshop sign. Licensed coffeeshops are required to have a green and white flag sticker on their window that says “coffeeshop.” Amsterdam has 160 different coffeeshop locations, many of which can be found in the city’s center
If you're a tourist, you will only be able to go inside an Amsterdam coffeeshop. In other areas of the Netherlands, they have banned non-locals from buying weed. In 2012, a federal Dutch policy only permitted Dutch residents over 18 from visiting coffeeshops. The Amsterdam Mayor is also looking to ban tourists from the city’s coffeeshops.
Menus are usually near the register, or you can ask the person working the register for product recommendations based on your tolerance and desired experience. Do you want a light potency edible? Looking for a high-potency hash? Popular products offered at coffeeshops include cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints, edibles, and hash.
Check out our guide on how to buy the best hash in Amsterdam.
Most coffeeshop employees speak English, so you will be able to easily order in your native language. You will have to present your ID to ensure you are 18 years or older. In some establishments, you may need to be 21 years or older to enter.
Once you’ve chosen your weed products and all the necessary accessories (lighter, filter, rolling papers, etc.), you’ll have to pay with the coffeeshop’s preferred payment method. Some coffeeshops only accept cash, while others only accept cards. Be sure to look this up beforehand.
After buying weed at the counter, you can find a nice spot indoors or on the terrace to enjoy your cannabis products. Most coffeeshops sell beverages and some bar snacks and provide entertainment such as tv or music to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Serving alcohol and smoking cigarettes are not permitted.
Don’t want to stick around? No problem. You can take your bud with you to a private location. Just make sure that you can legally and are permitted to smoke in the location of your choice. You may not be able to smoke weed at hotels or Airbnb's. Smoking in public is not allowed.
Amsterdam Weed Prices for 2022?
Amsterdam weed prices vary based on various factors, including strain genetics, potency, product type, and coffeeshop location.
Here is how much you can expect to pay for weed in Amsterdam:
- 1 gram of cannabis – €7-€20
- Pre-rolled joint – €5-€12
- Cannabis edible (brownie, cookie, etc.) – €5-€15
- Hash – €5-€35
Generally, the weed cost goes up higher the closer you get to the center of Amsterdam. If possible, avoid coffee shops in touristy areas to save some money.
What is the best coffee shop in Amsterdam? There are so many good ones to choose from. Here are just a few.
- Coffeeshop Sloterdijk
- Boerejongens West
- De Tweede Kamer
- Coffeeshop Amsterdam
- Grey Area
- The Stud
- Easy Times
- Barney’s Coffeeshop
- Het Ballonnetje
- The Spirit
- The Point Coffeeshop
- The Original Dampkring
- Coffeeshop Relax
- Coffeeshop Get Down To It
- Coffeeshop Pacific
- Katsu Coffeeshop & Gallerie
- The Bulldog
- Coffeeshop Papillion
If you visit Amsterdam, stop at one of their legendary Dutch coffeeshops. Amsterdam weed prices tend to be higher in the city’s center but can also be more convenient when exploring the city’s landmarks.