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11. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting spikey

well it isn't jut for paranoia reasons, it's habit, I can end up walking anywhere with a knife and end up being booted out because i'm not supposed to have it so I just wanted to know if there are any laws about pocket knives or the such. But thanks for the info

possession of a pocketknife is not against the law....atleast never heard about it!! But in some bars or clubs you can't enter if they notice that you have one (they will check and body search on regular basis).

12. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 10y

Well, if you try to get into a nightclub with a knife, that's obviously not going to work. They search everybody. In general, you won't be searched while entering a regular pub or so, though some coffee shops in the tourist area do have metal detectors (and won't let you in with a knife).

The police in the netherlands are not allowed to search you for no reason. However, every now and then the mayor of Amsterdam appoints a certain area where the police can -and will- search anybody they like, as a preventive measure. If they find a knife on you, with a blade larger than the width of your hand (rough guideline, I forgot what the official size is), it will be confiscated and you will be fined for illegal weapon possession.

Some specific knives are prohibited too: the ones that jump out when you press a button (I forgot the English name, in Dutch: 'stiletto') and flip-knives (Dutch: 'vlindermes').

Besides that, you cannot carry a knife openly. It has to be in a holster or tucked away in pocket or bag.

  • Any other weapons than small pocket knives are illegal to carry in the netherlands, including mace, pepperspray and the like! *

Regarding ganja/weed/dagg/marihuana (whatever you like to call it): the offical amount you can carry in the street without a problem is 5 gram. Again, the police is not allowed to search you for no reason, but know that they sometimes post in coffee shops undercover, and if you buy more than 5g, they nail you outside.

As said before: officially it is still illegal. But you can light a joint in the street if you want to. Just don't do it in regular pubs or restaurants. The owners won't like it. The 'safest' place is to just smoke in the coffee shops, at home or somewhere in a park, where people are not too much bothered. (believe me, Amsterdam citizens are quite fed-up with all the tourist browsing the streets 'stoned as a shrimp'.

But I once asked a cop for a lighter to light a joint, just to see what would happen. He burst into laughter when he saw where I used it for, and of course searched me and my friends -in a non agressive way- (what we were prepared for obviously). It was good fun.

Enjoy your stay, and please, as fellow Dutchmen already said: try to see some more of Amsterdam than the 'Wallen' (red light district) and the inside of the Bulldog (famous coffeeshop). There is much more to see, and you'll appreciate it more if you're sober...

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 31, 2006 1:00 AM by Demian ]

13. Posted by spikey (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

ermmm yeah like i said, i wasn't wanting to know about the ganja laws, i already found enough on that stuff and wasnt even looking for those laws, although it was useful to be honest since i am going there for that too, but not only for the redlight district, but thanks for all the info, much obliged.

14. Posted by eurotrip (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Spikey...come on up to Canada (B.C.) for a smoke. While it's illegal to sell, it's okay for personal use and the police could care less as long as you're not dealing. Lots to do in this great city (Vancouver), and most take advantage of it, but sometimes like to indulge in our great b.c. bud (I say this as someone who rarely indugles myself.) As in Amerstam there are cafes you can go to for a coffee and a smoke. I should say, not all provinces are the same. I would never take offence to a question like that about our great city and think you had a valid question. The people who only come for the drugs are the hard core crimminals who are trafficking in major amounts. Sincerely don't mean to offend those from Amsterdam. When I come I plan to see the red light district, smoke a joint, catch a sex show and ALSO take in what the rest city has to offer. Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated!

15. Posted by spikey (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

That's weird, I forgot to check this post last night when it came up and that explains the dream I had. As for coming up to Canada, that is a second choice if I don't wish to spend that much money to go to Amsterdam just yet but I still want to do so. But Canada has a few things to offer too, if you know where to look.

16. Posted by eurotrip (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Let me know if you want any info. re: B.C. I live in Vancouver, If you don't make it to Amsterdam I'm happy to point you around Vancouver, and some other parts of the province as well. :)

17. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Spikey, police has a standing right to frisk everyone at any time in the centre of Amsterdam, without having to actually suspect you of anything. Knives, and everything else that could be used as a weapon will be confiscated when found on your body or in your baggage. A normal swiss army knife would of course not generally be seen as a weapon, unless carried by a drunk, agressive guy with tattoos all over him :-)

But really, as Wouter says, you don't need to be able to defend yourself in Amsterdam. In fact, you (and everybody else with you) are much safer when you DON't carry knives etc.

Niels

18. Posted by spikey (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

alright, thanks. that's enough stuff for the laws for me. I usually carry something along the lines of a swiss army knife on me anyway, I'm not one of those rednecks' that carries a bowie knife on him lol.

19. Posted by PrankDemon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Not enough for me. I was asking randomly if there was any place in the world which is the most lax by their laws
and a guy replied "Amsterdam".

He said:
"In short, if you want to do it, you can. Drugs, sex, drinking at any age, you name it, they have it."

Drugs I just read about, so that's a solid note against his comment.
What of the laws regarding sex, and what of drinking?

20. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting PrankDemon

Not enough for me. I was asking randomly if there was any place in the world which is the most lax by their laws
and a guy replied "Amsterdam".

He said:
"In short, if you want to do it, you can. Drugs, sex, drinking at any age, you name it, they have it."

Drugs I just read about, so that's a solid note against his comment.
What of the laws regarding sex, and what of drinking?

Bars and liquirshops and supermarkets are only required to sell to customers from 18 years old. As sex is concerned. Paedophilia is a crime and its discusting. You won't find girls/boys under 18 in the redlight district of Amsterdam as it is against the law. So Amsterdam is not the "wild west" as some people like to think.

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