It’s been the haven for pot smokers for years… Amsterdam!    Holland’s home of Heineken is also home to hash, hemp, and habitual marijuana indulgence.

Verkeer Amsterdam
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Harold and Kumar, the pot smoking college student characters from the movie “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle,” end their first movie, heading off the to cannabis capital of the world.


They are not alone.   Thousands each year from all over the world, especially the United States make the pot smoking pilgrimage for a trip of tokes, hits, and bongloads.


Now there’s word that the new Republican led government wants to crack down on the coffee shops.    In fact, they want to make the widely public pot parlors into private pot smoking places.

It seems silly that college students, or even 18 year olds, still in high school would fly to Europe for the sole reason to smoke some skunk, but that’s exactly what they do.   The  coalition government in Amsterdam wants to weed out the toking tourists.

Indoor cannabis plant during flowering
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This may not end the war on drugs or slow down the use of marijuana and other narcotics by teenagers and other young adults, but it’s a step in the right direction.


There’s no word as to whether or not this really will move forward.   You’d have to imagine the tourist board there would have say.