I remember the first time I saw “Pulp Fiction” in the theater. I was 17 years old and I was blown away. It was my first Quentin Tarantino experience. The thing that I took away from it most of all was the conversational dialogue, most notably the “Amsterdam” conversation between John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. I was floored. “If you get stopped by a cop in Amsterdam, it’s illegal for them to search you… that’s a right the cops in Amsterdam don’t have.” I couldn’t believe it. Was it really true? And hence, my love affair with Amsterdam was born.
Regretfully, 15 years later, I’ve still never been. Now I have a kid and a mortgage so the window of opportunity for me to really experience the city has probably passed. But my need to satisfy my curiosity with city has not. I’ve done a fair bit of research and I’ve tried to differentiate the facts versus the fiction. Most people who travel to Amsterdam want to know about 2 things, prostitution and pot. So I now present to you a breakdown of what you can, and more importantly, what you can’t get away with when you travel to the city of legal sin.