HET BALLONNETJE TIMELINE
END OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE
After the swinging sixties, Amsterdam welcomed its first coffeeshop in 1972. In those days it was called teahouse.
The Mellow Yellow
The founders of the first teahouse, made history without even knowing it. They dared to gamble and opened a shop called Mellow Yellow.
ALTHOUGH CANNABIS WAS ( AND STILL IS ) NOT LEGAL IN THE NETHERLANDS, IT STARTED A ‘TOLERANCE POLICY’
OPIUM LAW CHANGE
Since November 1st, 1976 the law was not enforced anymore in relation to the retail sale of small quantities of cannabis in coffeeshops
Het Ballonnetje open its doors
Het Ballonnetje Koffiehuis, already active since a few years with a few in-house dealers, become officially a Coffeeshop in 1978.
Old School Cannabis
In those days menu’s were plenty of exotic stuff such as Thai sticks, Durban Poison, Acapulco Gold, Hawaiian, Nepalese, Manali Charas, Ketama Gold, Lebanese but weren’t first class products anymore
A new beginning
Het Ballonnetje focused on a different audience, not anymore the old fashioned hippies, but the normal people such as workers, employees, housewives, students, teachers, young rising artists…
A place for connoisseurs
The idea was that Het Ballonnetje had to be a place for “connoisseurs” where you would be able to buy quality products in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere
Het Ballonnetje was a sensation: with top quality products, cut up and packed right in front of you, started a new way of Coffeeshops customers service, no longer drug dealers but budtenders
Indoor Growing Culture
Then the 80’s come. Around this time the first really good homegrown weed varieties came on the market: Orange Bud, Superskunk, White Widow, Northern Light conquered Amsterdam
NO DRUG DEALERS
War on Drugs
While a world war against drugs started, in The Netherlands the amount of hard drugs addicted went significantly down and literally millions of weed connoisseurs from all over the world visited Amsterdam every year
Year after year Dutch coffeeshops have gained a unique social identity with a mix of locals, expats, tourists and quite often celebrities from all over the world only looking for a good time
In the 90’s in The Netherlands, the selling of marijuana is officially declared ”illegal, but not punishable”, so the law is not enforced in establishments as long as coffeeshops are following a constantly increasing number of nationwide rules
Today just 175 coffeeshops remain in Amsterdam, half the number that existed in the Nineties. Amsterdam has still more coffeeshops than any other city in the Netherlands
Het Ballonnetje turns 40
Yes, the Budtenders behind the bar are still serving top quality cannabis and hashish, we’re still pleasing weed connoisseurs from all over the world, we’re still having fun…and the best has yet to come.
BUT NOT PUNISHABLE
Events to Attend
Want to get in on the weed-friendly action? With so many 420-friendly events taking place worldwide every single year, the opportunities for engaging in cannabis education, entertainment and shopping are boundless. We have been highlighting some events, check them out
features an extensive menu with a dozen of strains, from outdoor weed for light products users to very-potent strains for connoisseurs.
HET BALLONNETJE AMSTERDAM
A VERY RELAXED ATMOSPHERE AND AN AUTHENTIC AMBIENCE IS WHY PEOPLE LOVE THIS PLACE
EDIBLES AND DRINKS
YOU WILL FIND A GREAT SELECTION OF HOT AND COLD DRINKS AND DELICIOUS SPACE CAKES
A COSY COFFEESHOP
A WIDE SELECTION OF CANNABIS AND HASH
FEATURING A CHARMING GLASS-PANELED SMOKING AREA
CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA SPACECAKES
HOT AND COLD DRINKS
FEATURING A WIDE SELECTION OF TEA