Cannabis in the Netherlands


Medical cannabis has been legal in the Netherlands since 2003, and the country is a major producer of medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana occupies a legal grey area in the country.

How much weed is legal in the Netherlands?

5 grams

Weed and Amsterdam (the Netherlands): What is allowed? Coffee shops can sell weed and hash under strict conditions. Also, the Public Prosecutor does not prosecute people if they possess small quantities of soft drugs, a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis (weed, hash).

What happens if you get caught with weed in the Netherlands?

Technically, you could also be sent to prison for possessing even small quantities. The threshold for what constitutes a ‘small amount’ is five grams. If you possess over this amount, you could be subject to a fine (€75) if you’re a first-time offender, or a prison sentence if you’re caught with a larger amount.

What drugs are legal in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, it is against the law to possess, sell or produce drugs. However, the Netherlands tolerates the sale of soft drugs in ‘coffee shops’. A coffee shop is an establishment where cannabis is sold subject to certain strict conditions, but no alcoholic drinks are sold or consumed.

What drugs are banned in Netherlands?

Drug policy of the Netherlands - Wikipedia

Soft drugs include hash, marijuana, sleeping pills and sedatives, while hard drugs include heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, LSD and ecstasy.

What does Dutch law permit for medical patients?

The medical marijuana program of the Netherlands is run by the country’s Office of Medicinal Cannabis (OMC), which is also responsible for the production of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. 

The OMC provides medical cannabis exclusively to pharmacies, hospitals, pharmacy-holding GP’s, and veterinarians. 

There are currently five types of cannabis that are made by the company Bedrocan for the OMC, with THC levels ranging from 1% to around 22%, and CBD levels that range from less than 1% to over 9%. According to the OMC, two of these are available as “dried flower heads,” three are sold as “finely-ground flower heads” which are meant to be easier to use for people with poor hand function. 

Are there any cannabis products apart from buds allowed?

Medical marijuana patients can also attain CBD oil with a prescription at Dutch pharmacies. 

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