The Policy on drugs is real simple, All drugs are forbidden in the Netherlands. It is illegal to produce, possess, sell, import and export it. However, the government designed a policy with tolerates smoking cannabis under strict terms and conditions.
Coffee shops are only allowed to sell soft drugs and not more than five grams of cannabis per person per day. Coffee shops are governed by strict laws that control the amount of permitted soft drugs, and the conditions in which it is sold and used. Coffee shops are not allowed to advertise. Persons under the age of 18 are prohibited from buying and are barred access to coffee shops.
The policy on drugs in the Netherlands aims: to reduce the demand, the supply and the risks to drug users, their immediate surroundings and society.
The Dutch recognize that it is impossible to prevent people from using drugs altogether. Coffee shops are therefore allowed to sell small amounts of soft drugs. This pragmatic approach means that authorities can actually focus on the big criminals who profit from drugs and who supply hard drugs.