For hundreds of years, Amsterdam has been a centre for the trade of lucrative and mind-altering substances from opium, tobacco, coffee, tea, spirits, sugar and spices, and the city has never quite shaken off its smuggling, piratical ways. But new regulations are threatening a marijuana culture which is admired and feared in equal measure. Will politics trump economics in the new Holland?
Irie Up spent a few days in Amsterdam, talking to King Shiloh Soundsystem, Slimmah Sound, The Inspecta, Sista Danni and attending the High Times Cannabis Cup, where we heard about the chill winds blowing through the famously tolerant Dutch society.
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