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Amsterdam’s Cannabis Culture is Changing

Speak Easy Coffeeshop in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam’s Cannabis Culture is Changing

Although there are many places in the world that have a reputation for not only having great cannabis but an even better cannabis culture, there’s one place on the planet that takes the cake. Amsterdam is known globally as a hotspot for tourists who want to experience Dutch cafes and coffeeshops where they can indulge in strain after strain, but the climate surrounding marijuana is slowly changing.

Though the country appears to happily host the world’s stoners, beneath the surface there’s a major shift in politics happening with laws and regulations becoming more restricted. The crackdown followed years of complaints from countries like France, Germany and even Great Britain complaining of cannabis being imported into their countries. Because of this, many shops were being forced to close, relocate or offer limited hours.

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Share your experience with us in the comments.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. J

    October 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I don’t think cannabis culture is going to end in NL any time soon – it’s worth far too much to the economy. However, they are definitely making moves to attract a ‘better’ class of tourist by trying to change its image from a party town to a place with museums and world heritage canals and culture, etc.

    As long as people behave and keep paying their taxes they have little to fear. Amsterdam is still a wonderful place to smoke, and in my opinion the coffeeshops are generally nicer and less likely to be horrible tourist traps than say five years ago. We should still stay vigilant and politically active to protect our rights though.

  2. mike feia

    April 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    duh, i really believe my body makes T HC

  3. Rob

    April 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    So rather than creating cannabis freedom for their own people, these countries fight to restrict the freedom of others outside their own nations. Typical authoritarians. Bravo Europe!

  4. Joe Pietri

    April 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    The worst thing to ever happen to cannabis was the Dutch scene, good riddance.

  5. Granger Null

    April 14, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Perhaps We should inform the European world of the Endocannabinoid system, even the people who support the cannabis movement have a blatant knowledge of it. The endocannabinoid system is very simple it is this……………………WE MAKE CANNABIS IN OUR BODIES!!!……..WHY IS SUCH A FUSS MADE OVER SOMETHING OUR BODIES MAKE, AND IN FACT WE NEED TO SURVIVE, Babies,Children,teens,adults, middle aged Adults, and elder Adults, all use cannabis every day because our bodies make it , and we need it to survive………….IT DOESN’T NEED CONTROL BECA– USE OUR BODIES MAKE IT , AND IT IS COMPLETELY SAFE, BECA– USE OUR BODIES MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mike feia

      April 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      are you completely nuts…your either smokin’ too much, or go back to biology class. life science classes to be a start..

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