When smokers want to go on vacation, there are two places they often think of – Denver, or Amsterdam. But which is better? That depends on what you’re looking for out of your trip. If you’re looking for a place where marijuana is easily accessible and where you can smoke just about anywhere, Amsterdam might be where you want to head. If on the other hand, you want to try out some of the newer marijuana strains to smoke or vast array of edibles, even if that means keeping a lower profile while you do it, Denver will be able to offer it to you.
No one can really tell you whether Denver or Amsterdam will give you the perfect vacation you’re looking for because both are really, really great places to visit – and we say that as a Dutch company with an obvious bias! However, no matter which place you choose, you should know what to expect before you get there.
Marijuana Laws in Denver vs. The Dam
In general, Amsterdam’s laws are more lenient than that of Denver’s, although you’ll be able to purchase more at one time in Denver. In Amsterdam however, you’ll have an easier time finding a place to smoke all that marijuana you’ve just purchased.
Marijuana laws in Denver:
- Legally, Colorado law states you can smoke in Hotels or privately rented properties, however it is at the discretion of the property owner, so check they are cool with it before you light up
- Federal land is still a no-no, so be aware especially in national parks and many of the ski slopes in the surrounding mountains.
- Any adult over the age of 21 may possess 1 ounce or less of marijuana. Non-residents of Colorado however, can purchase no more than 7 grams (a quarter of an ounce) during a single transaction. Because the law does not really outline what qualifies as “a single transaction”, most store owners will not sell to you more than once a day.
- The law requires that Denver stores close by 7pm so you will not be able to purchase marijuana after that time. Stores in Edgewater however, a city close to Denver, may remain open until midnight; and stores in nearby Aurora may stay open until 10pm.
- Discretion is key when smoking in Denver. You are definitely not allowed to smoke openly and publicly, and blazing up in the middle of the street can actually get you a pretty hefty fine. However, if you find an out-of-the-way area that’s not near a lot of people, most will turn a blind eye to smoking.
- There are no coffee shops or lounges in Denver like there are in Amsterdam. You might be able to find a private club that sells day passes or memberships to get a taste of the experience of “coffee house” smoking.
- You are not allowed to drive under the influence of marijuana under any circumstances in Denver. The legal limit is 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, which is a tiny amount.
- Any adult over the age of 18 may possess 5 grams or less of marijuana at any time, as this is considered to be “personal use”. Individuals are also not allowed to purchase more than 5 grams during any one purchase.
- Consuming marijuana is legal just about anywhere in Amsterdam. Other than laughing at the occasional stoned tourist, residents neither care nor concern themselves too much when someone is smoking on the street. Of course, Amsterdam is famous for their coffee shops and these are still available as great places to enjoy your smoke.
- Driving while under the influence of marijuana is a crime in Amsterdam and is simply not tolerated, so just don’t do it.
Marijuana strains in Denver vs. The Dam
Some say that the weed in Denver is better than the weed that can be found these days in Amsterdam, but of course, it always comes down to personal preference. Here are some of the most popular strains being found in each city.
- Tangerine Diesel
- Chem OG
- Bubba Kush
- Girl Scout Cookies
- OG Kush
- White Widow (still considered a classic)
- Night Nurse
- G13 Haze
- God Bud
Cost of marijuana in Denver vs. The Dam
In both Denver and Amsterdam, the amount you pay for your marijuana will vary depending on the retailer you purchase it from, and the potency of the strain you’re buying. Typically however, 7 grams (a quarter of an ounce) of a medium strain of marijuana can be purchased in Denver for about $50 USD, or 45 Euro. This is the typical price that can be found just about anywhere in Denver.
The prices vary a little more widely in Amsterdam, with one gram of marijuana costing anywhere from 5 to 42 Euros, or 5 to 45 USD.
Things to do in Denver and Amsterdam
Just like the strain of marijuana you prefer to smoke, the things you do while visiting either of the two cities will also depend on your own personal preference. Both cities are rich in history, culture, and entertainment options.
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies
- Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home to the Denver Broncos
- Denver Botanical Gardens
- Downtown Aquarium
- Denver Zoo
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Dinosaur Ridge
- Ellie Caulkins Opera House
- Bluebird Theater
- Chamberlin Observatory
- Anne Frank House
- Dam Square
- Red Light District
- Rembrandt House Museum
- Heineken Experience
- Royal Palace of Amsterdam
- Stedelijik Museum Amsterdam
- Natura Artis Magistra
- Oude Kerk
- Hermitage Amsterdam
When it comes down to spending your time in Denver or Amsterdam, you really can’t go wrong with either city. Both will allow you to legally enjoy a good smoke, and both will provide you with an experience you’ll never forget. Ultimately, your decision will most likely depend on where you live, as getting to one place is going to be easier than getting to the other; and what you’re most interested in doing other than enjoying your weed while there.