Amsterdam Day Three
What a great city. I haven't seen a newspaper or tv, or read my e-mail since last Wednesday. Here are some quick Amsterdam takes:
The coffeehouses. There are a lot of them. I went inside this one just to snap a picture of the merchandise.
Drugs are not legal in Amsterdam. There is a policy of tolerating marijuana and hashish use, which allows the businesses to be licensed and taxed. What's interesting is that there is almost no visible police presence in the city, despite having a red light district and so many coffeehouses. I haven't seen a policeman yet and very few police cars. Obviously, permitting the use of pot has not resulted in the city becoming a haven for criminals or terrorists.
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