Dutch bars where Drug is legal

A coffeeshop in Amsterdam

The Netherlands is famous for its tolerant drug policy. But many people do not realize that drugs are actually illegal in the Netherlands. Understanding the Dutch drug policy can save you a lot of trouble.

All drugs are prohibited in the Netherlands . It is illegal to produce, own, sell, import and export drugs. However, the government has designed a drug policy with tolerates smoking cannabis under the terms and strict conditions.


Cafes are only allowed to sell soft drugs and no more than five grams of cannabis per person per day. Cafes are governed by strict laws that control the amount of permitted soft drugs, and the conditions under sold and used.Coffee shops It is not allowed to advertise drugs. People under 18 They can not purchase medicines and are denied access to coffee shops.

Drug Policy

Drug policy in the Netherlands aims: reduce drug demand, the supply of drugs and the risks for drug users, their immediate environment and society .

The Dutch recognize that it is impossible to prevent people from using drugs altogether. Thus, Coffee shops are allowed to sell small amounts of soft drugs. This pragmatic approach means that the authorities can really focus on the big criminals who profit from drugs and who supply hard drugs.


Dutch drug policy has been reasonably successful compared to those carried out in other countries, especially when it comes to prevention and care. The number of users of various types of drugs is no greater than in other countries, while the number of deaths related to drugs, a 2,4 per million inhabitants, It is the lowest in Europe.

It is better not to use cannabis. If you are thinking of smoking cannabis, make sure you do not get into trouble. Know what are the risks and effects of soft drugs are. For more detailed information about Dutch policy contact Ministry of Health Protection and Sport .

it website It contains current information on policy in Dutch coffeeshops in the Netherlands.