Marijuana or food products with marijuana as an ingredient are usually considered illegal in many places and could land you in trouble. However, in some cities like Amsterdam, although not considered legal, they have some tolerance policy for marijuana and food products that contain marijuana known as edibles.
Let’s say you’re in the beautiful city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and you’ve had a taste of some edibles, and you’re wondering, “why not take some home with me?”. I mean since they have a tolerance policy for marijuana and edibles, it shouldn’t be hard getting some across the security checkpoint at the airport or the border.
Well, let’s get right to that.
No, You can’t. It’s strictly prohibited for anyone to smuggle drugs such as marijuana or food that contains marijuana out of the Netherlands. No matter how small or what form it’s in, either as marijuana leaves or edibles, traveling out of the country with it is strictly prohibited.
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Edibles, hash brownies, weed cakes, and the like are food products that contain marijuana. The marijuana in them is kind of like the secret ingredient (not so secret ingredient) in them which makes them different from regular cakes or chocolates. More like giving the cake or chocolate superpowers.
Most people consider edibles as a healthier and more discreet way of consuming marijuana rather than smoking. Smoking marijuana might be seen as harmful to one’s lungs, but edibles don’t require inhaling any smoke. Therefore, no damage to the lungs.
If you’re in the city of Amsterdam, you’d come across places where edibles are sold or served such as coffee shops. You can buy edibles in any coffee shop you walk into in Amsterdam.
However, even if you could purchase edibles from any coffee shop in this city or consume some amount of marijuana without getting into trouble, you’re not allowed to bring it out of the country. No matter how small.
What’s The Policy Concerning Marijuana and Edibles In Amsterdam?
As we said earlier in this article, marijuana is not considered legal in Amsterdam even though there’s a tolerance policy for it. It’s also the same with edibles since they contain marijuana.
The possession or consumption of marijuana or foods that contain marijuana or any type of prohibited drug is in fact illegal in Amsterdam or the Netherlands but decriminalized.
This means that, although it’s illegal to have them, you could purchase them from coffee shops and won’t face any penalty or punishment if you did.
Even though it’s a criminal offense, you wouldn’t be prosecuted by the authorities for consuming edibles or marijuana in a coffee shop or having small quantities on your person. Usually not more than 5 grams.
Also coffee shops, are allowed to serve marijuana or cannabis and edibles but, aren’t allowed to sell any alcoholic drink.
What Happens If Edibles Are Found In My Luggage At The Airport In Amsterdam?
Best case scenario, it’ll get confiscated, and then, you’d be called aside for questioning which wouldn’t be so great.
Worst case scenario, it gets confiscated, you’re arrested at the airport and then thrown in jail. However, this is unlikely. Or not.
Enjoy all the edibles and marijuana you want in the city of Amsterdam but don’t try to smuggle some along with you when leaving.
If found in your luggage, checked or carry-on, or on your person, you could face some penalties. Even if you managed to get it past security in Amsterdam, you might not be successful with getting past security when you get to your destination. Especially when it’s a country where it’s illegal to buy or consume marijuana.
Some countries will just throw you in jail for some time while in some countries where they have no tolerance for marijuana like Singapore, you might end up facing life imprisonment.
Just save yourself from the needless trouble because it’s most likely going to end up not being worth it.
You might also think that” What If it’s legal to consume or purchase marijuana in my destination country, and I can manage to smuggle it past airport security in Amsterdam?
Well, it’s best not to attempt smuggling it at all because even in countries where it’s legal to purchase or consume marijuana freely, it’s still strictly prohibited to bring it into the country.
Also, it doesn’t matter what means of transportation you’re using to leave the country, it’s illegal to leave the borders of the Netherlands or enter the borders of any other country for that matter with marijuana or food products that contain marijuana or edibles.
Traveling with marijuana or anything that contains marijuana is strictly illegal.
It doesn’t matter if it’s just edibles. It contains marijuana. Therefore, the same rules apply.
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