How Are ‘Coffeeshops’ Different From ‘Coffee Shops’?
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What’s the Difference Between a ‘Coffee Shop,’ ‘Coffee House,’ and ‘Coffeeshop’?
Firstly, Friends have dubiously recounted stories of how they “totally by accident” have found themselves in a coffeeshop or coffee shop while visiting Amsterdam. To be fair, many first-time visitors to the Netherlands may be genuinely confused by the terms used for different establishments. An establishment license to sell cannabis is always referred to as a koffieshop (coffeeshop). A koffie huis (coffee house) sells coffee and light meals.
To be clear:
- Coffeeshops (koffieshop): an establishment where you can legally buy cannabis products. All coffeeshop or coffee shop displays a green and white sign at the entrance, usually along with their license, plus notices declaring that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to enter.
- Coffee House (koffie huis, koffiebar, or koffiesalon): anything with the word “koffie” or “coffee” or “espresso”
- Koffietent, koffie spot, koffie hotspot, etc.: terms that coffee establishments generally don’t use to refer to themselves but which are often used by reviewers to avoid confusion with coffeeshops
- Café: a casual restaurant or bar
Now that we know the difference between coffeeshops or coffee shop and coffee houses, how would the government properly regulate these cannabis-friendly establishments?
How ‘Continuity and Change’ Led to Tightened Regulation
Secondly, That sounds like an oxymoron, right? How can something be both continuous while changing? Drug policy in the 1970s and 1980s had primarily been concerned with public health issues, such as heroin addiction and HIV. As these problems became more manageable, issues such as crime gained political attention in coffeeshop or coffee shop.
In 1995, the Purple Government published an official policy document called “Dutch Drug Policy: Continuity and Change.” To an extent, this policy paper represented continuity in that it recognized that the separation of soft and hard drugs had been successful and that coffeeshops had played an instrumental role. The low number of young people addicted to hard drugs in the Netherlands compared very favorably to the rest of Europe.
On the other hand, the policy document highlighted the issue of nuisance associated with coffeeshops and brought to attention the influence of criminal organizations. The government expressed concern about its international reputation and worried that it could become an “export nation of cannabis.”
Coffeeshop or Coffee shop Continuity and Change
“Continuity and Change“ ushered in a tightening of regulations for coffee shop or coffeeshop, including:
- A minimum admission age of 18 years nationally
- The maximum transaction amount has decreased from 30 to 5 grams per person per day
- Limits on the trading stock has kept the shop; a stock of 500 grams or less would not trigger enforcement by national authorities, while the upper limit has left to the local authorities
- Municipalities obtained the power to add further local directives
The document sought to reduce the influence of organize crime in the supply of the coffeeshops. This also offer the giving of small-scale cultivation low enforcement priority.
While it moves towards somewhat stricter policies on recreational cannabis use after 1995. Netherlands did become the first country to legalize cannabis.
Cannabis Consumers in Neatherlands uses Legalize Cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2000. Since 2003, medicinal cannabis has been available in pharmacies for a number of medical conditions as prescribed by a physician in a coffeeshop.
In Part 3 of our series exploring the rise of Dutch cannabis coffeeshop or coffee shop, we take a closer look at some of the problems plaguing the coffeeshop system and whether or not coffeeshops pose a danger to society, as a few cabinets alleged