The History of Marijuana in Amsterdam

In 1976, the Dutch government amended the Opium Act to distinguish between drugs lists, those that present “an unacceptable risk (heroin, cocaine and LSD),” and cannabis products. At this point in history, the first coffeeshop, The Bulldog, had opened the previous year, so this new amendment only encouraged more coffeeshops to open. By the early 1990s, the number of coffeeshops expanded to 1,500, so the government began regulating them by enacting strict rules including no advertising, no hard drugs, no access to people under the age of 18, no sales in excess of five grams per person on a given day, and no causing public nuisance.

Source: The History of Marijuana in Amsterdam


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