Did you still want to visit an authentic Amsterdam Coffeeshop (i.e., a place where Marihuana is sold legally) or want to visit one again?
This summer and autumn could very well be your last chance! Since May 1, in the 3 southern provinces of the Netherlands, the socalled 'weed pass' (wietpas) has been introduced, allowing only Dutch citizens to enter the coffeeshop of which they have to become a member...
After Dec. 31, 2012, this policy will also be enforced on the 9 remaining provinces, incl. North Holland, hence including Amsterdam.
The mayor of Amsterdam strongly opposes the ban, as about 1/3 of the Amsterdam tourists do visit to buy or smoke cannabis in the coffeeshops.