In Amsterdam, within the tolerance policy it is still not legal to sell soft drugs but the goverment accepts the sell of soft drugs from coffee shops if those ones respects the following rules:
- Maximum sale of 5 grams per person
- Stock must not exceed 500 grams
- Forbidden to sell to young people
- Forbidden to sell hard drugs
- Forbidden to advertise for soft drugs
- Coffee shops can’t be built near schools
Regarding cannabis consumption, users are allowed to carry a maximum of 5 grams (tourists too). They can either buy it in coffee shops but they are also allowed to grow their own hemp trees. Every citizen of the Netherland is allowed to have a maximum of 5 hemp trees but only in order to collect cannabis for a personnal use.
Despite all of this is tolerated, it is not really approved by the law. That means that if you get caught with 5 grams or less of cannabis with you by police forces, they can still ask you to throw it for instance, but you will never have trouble with the law by carrying less than 5 grams.
Since 2010, Netherlands government is trying to make the cannabis consumption illegal despite other countries such as the USA are trying to set a permissive leglisation based on the Netherlands’ model up.