NL13: Soft drugs in The Netherlands

The conference organisation would in no way promote the (excessive) consumption of soft drugs. Nevertheless, we do believe that it is important to know some basic facts and legislation about how things work in the Netherlands. Contrary to some other countries it is possible to use soft drugs in The Netherlands. They are considered relatively harmless when used in limited quantities and frequencies – some even say alcohol is much more dangerous because of its adverse effects. However, dealing and producing soft ¬†drugs is strictly prohibited. Soft drugs can only be obtained in so-called coffee shops (you’d better drink coffee in other restaurants – we also have Starbucks ;.).¬†Dutch soft drugs can be pretty strong, compared to other countries. If you as a foreiger would want to use these drugs, please take care about these issues and ask around in the coffeshops. For an explanation of Dutch legislation, please click on this link.