As of 2015, cannabis is illegal across the entirety of the Netherlands, Amsterdam included. However, since 1976, the Dutch government has had an official policy of overlooking the personal use of small amounts of a number of soft drugs, including cannabis.
Although the production, possession, import, export and sale of all drugs is officially illegal in the Netherlands, establishments known as coffee shops exist across the nation as a means by which people can purchase soft drugs for personal use. These coffee shops have legal authority to sell up to 5 grams of cannabis to a person per day. Furthermore, coffee shops are prohibited from advertising drugs and can sell products only to those over the age of 18.