When you think about cannabis, usually the subject of Amsterdam pops up somewhere along the way. Amsterdam has always been thought of as the “Capital of Cannabis” since it was the first city to introduce cannabis cafes (or “coffee shops”) in the early 1970s where locals could go spark a joint without The Man (i.e., the government) breathing down their backs. However due to the country’s new laws, it’s not nearly as simple as one might have thought.
A lot of people don’t realize how much has changed in Amsterdam since the ’90s. Yes, smoking marijuana in Amsterdam is still legal, but since 1999 hundreds of these cafes have closed their doors. Due to the this, many citizens of the Netherlands, the EU, and Great Britain have turned to the internet—a prime example being Zamnesia.com, one of Europe’s largest online cannabis stores.