An end to legal highs for tourists in Amsterdam

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    Jun 12, 2011 1:24 PM GMT
    Interesting. . .

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e62acf92-92d6-11e0-bd88-00144feab49a.html#axzz1P4DYanY8

    I am curious as to how this will affect the tourism industry in Amsterdam and the Netherlands overall. My personal experience has been that it is obnoxious drunk tourists are where much of the problems arise, and part of what makes Amsterdam kinda suck, not some stoners with the munchies.
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    Jun 12, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    They'll just have to come to California.
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    Jun 12, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidThey'll just have to come to California.


    http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/05/amsterdam_cafe_pot_tourist.php
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:30 PM GMT

    Doesn't affect me. I go to the Netherlands for its art and architecture only. And I don't really like Amsterdam anyway. Rotterdam is my favourite Dutch city.
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    It was only a matter of time. A few years ago the laws were changed so that no coffee shops could also have a liquor license. My last visit to Amsterdam, one of my favourite cities in the world, was only in March, and I somehow just never got round to partaking even once. It was still an amazing visit, the city has so much more to offer!
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    Go to Prague people, it is the Amerstam of Europe.
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    monochrome said
    Doesn't affect me. I go to the Netherlands for its art and architecture only. And I don't really like Amsterdam anyway. Rotterdam is my favourite Dutch city.


    I agree, Amsterdam is so overrated in my book. There is plenty to do and see there, nothing wrong with loving it, but I prefer Rotterdam and Maastricht. While I am not much of a smoker anymore, I used to be quite a connoisseur of all things 420 and I found the quality to be overrated and the prices sky high, especially in Amsterdam. Better deals and quality were to be found in the good ole American heartland. I have seen estimates of 25% of tourists going in part to coffeeshops; I am sure a few of them will not go now. When I was younger, it was a rite of passage for me and my friends, we all had at least one trip that was culturally void and full of a smoky haze and magic mushrooms. Guessing still a large segment that still does that. I still think the boorish drunk tourists are the problem they are trying, or at least need, to solve.
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    Chainers saidGo to Prague people, it is the Amerstam of Europe.


    Amsterdam is in Europe... icon_question.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Americans generally suck at geography.

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    Jun 12, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    I think the amsterdam in europe comment was a ...pretty obvoius sarcastic joke.


    either wya just come to Canada.

    we have vapour lounges in every major city. lol
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    Poolboy44 said
    Chainers saidGo to Prague people, it is the Amerstam of Europe.


    Amsterdam is in Europe... icon_question.gif


    Yea I know, but Amsterdam attracts a lot of american tourists while Prague and the Czech Republic is where a lot of European tourists go to get fucked up.

    So its the Amsterdam of Europe lol.
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Chainers said
    Poolboy44 said
    Chainers saidGo to Prague people, it is the Amerstam of Europe.


    Amsterdam is in Europe... icon_question.gif


    Yea I know, but Amsterdam attracts a lot of american tourists while Prague and the Czech Republic is where a lot of European tourists go to get fucked up.

    So its the Amsterdam of Europe lol.


    That what I was assuming you were referring to. I find them to be the two most overrated cities in Europe. People either love 'em or really are not too fond of 'em. I'm in the second camp.
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    Jun 12, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    As long as Amsterdam remains a city where you can sit in public and get stoned off your ass, it will remain a city of drug tourism. People will just buy the drugs differently i.e. "Hey buddy, here's 20 euros, go in that cafe and get me a bag of weed and keep 5 for yourself" etc... Atleast that's how we got beer in high school haha.

    and what about the 'smart shoppes'? Are these included under the same regulations as the cafes?
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    Jun 12, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    Chainers said
    Poolboy44 said
    Chainers saidGo to Prague people, it is the Amerstam of Europe.


    Amsterdam is in Europe... icon_question.gif


    Yea I know, but Amsterdam attracts a lot of american tourists while Prague and the Czech Republic is where a lot of European tourists go to get fucked up.

    So its the Amsterdam of Europe lol.


    Makes sense now, got it. Although there were a lot of Americans there, but I also met a shit ton of Europeans. I liked the mix.
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    Jun 12, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    Chainers saidGo to Prague people, it is the Amerstam of Europe.


    YAY Prague! Was my favourite trip in Europe so far
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    Jun 12, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
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    monochrome said
    Doesn't affect me. I go to the Netherlands for its art and architecture only. And I don't really like Amsterdam anyway. Rotterdam is my favourite Dutch city.


    I agree, Amsterdam is so overrated in my book. There is plenty to do and see there, nothing wrong with loving it, but I prefer Rotterdam and Maastricht. While I am not much of a smoker anymore, I used to be quite a connoisseur of all things 420 and I found the quality to be overrated and the prices sky high, especially in Amsterdam. Better deals and quality were to be found in the good ole American heartland. I have seen estimates of 25% of tourists going in part to coffeeshops; I am sure a few of them will not go now. When I was younger, it was a rite of passage for me and my friends, we all had at least one trip that was culturally void and full of a smoky haze and magic mushrooms. Guessing still a large segment that still does that. I still think the boorish drunk tourists are the problem they are trying, or at least need, to solve.


    Rotterdam? Why on Earth? Maastricht is great tho
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    Jun 12, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Rotterdam has one of the greatest concentrations of modern architecture in the world and is a massive testament to new urban development. I'm an architecture nerd, so that is the appeal to me.
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    Jun 12, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Fantastic city, but not for the drugs
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    Jun 12, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    If it keeps people like this guy below out then good icon_smile.gif



    He had to high off his *arse* I bet
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    Jun 12, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    ncujock saidAs long as Amsterdam remains a city where you can sit in public and get stoned off your ass, it will remain a city of drug tourism. People will just buy the drugs differently i.e. "Hey buddy, here's 20 euros, go in that cafe and get me a bag of weed and keep 5 for yourself" etc... Atleast that's how we got beer in high school haha.

    and what about the 'smart shoppes'? Are these included under the same regulations as the cafes?


    Ah Ha! You are a realist . . .
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    Jun 12, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    Boo hoo, the world is now devoid of a city where lame American tourists can go smoke themselves silly and buy shrooms legally.

    This is a good thing for Amsterdam... who wants to live in a city with a reputation like that? I have no doubt that it got old fast for the natives...

    I found it to be so trashy that so many people go there so they can smoke weed and be stupid. It's as almost classless and gross to me as those who go to Thailand and go on sex tours.... blugh.

    Also, I've been to Prague and they had some very cool stuff in terms of gothic architecture and things... but I felt like a few days there was enough, sadly.

    I prefer Berlin above all the cities named icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    Greenhopper said
    Rotterdam? Why on Earth? Maastricht is great tho



    Rotterdam = NAi (Nederlands Architectuurinstituut), Witte de With, Rem Koolhaas' Kunsthal, ...

    They are Rotterdam's best kept secret, at least for me.


  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 13, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    It's best we stay away from northern and south eastern Europe all together icon_razz.gif