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Amsterdam Netherlands Coffeeshops


Amsterdam coffeeshops are rather to be associated with the places, where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption is tolerated by local authorities. A koffiehuis would be more like a US coffee shop, whilst a café is the equivalent of a  bar. There are several varieties.

Head shops began to appear around 1960s and emerge in many other countries. They sell smoking  paraphernalia (pipes, bongs, papers, rolling machines), books, comics, posters, T-shirts, etc.

Grow shops are connected with special selection of Nederwiet, the local variety of marijuana, which is much stronger than most of imported analogies. They sell cannabis seeds and all of the equipment to grow them and can provide advices for cultivation.

Smart shops are also found outside of the Netherlands, selling 'herbal' or smart drugs. Dutch smart shops sell magic mushrooms and some other exotic substances.

The sales are regulated by law. The obligatory requirements are not to advertise, not to sell hard drugs, not to sell to those who are under 18, not to sell more than 5 grams one customer one time (each customer is registered, sometimes by ID cards), ensure the absence of any public disturbances.

The official ban on direct advertising made inventive owner indicate the subject with red-yellow-green Ethiopian flags or other symbols of the  Rastafari movement. This imagery inspired local artists who painted murals using these symbols. Cannabis menu i9s kept under the counter, though the substance is often displayed. The options include local and imported varieties, sometimes being extremely rich. Hash is also on sale. Liquor selling was prohibited since 2007.

Among the most popular shops are Abraxas, Bulldog, Bulldog Pal, Chocolata, Conscious, Free Adam, D.Flowers, Grasshopper, Museum, Other Place, Paradox, Rastababy, Sensi Seeds, Sheba, La Tertulia. In fact, presence of such words as "free", "flower", "green", "future", or like indicates that this is a cannabis coffeeshop.

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