I went to Amsterdam this summer and it was quite nice. I must say I love how relaxed the laws are and how the legislature or whatever they have over there leaves so much wiggle room. For instance, mushrooms were banned last fall BUT they were still avialable for purchase in July because shop owners were told they can sell their remaining stock. The fun part is, there is no one checking how much they have and regulating when they get more supply so it just keeps going.
Now the big news over the last week is that the government is stepping up it's program to make the city center and redlight a bit more accomidating to travelers, historians, and those who want to live and reside in the city center rather than have it remain a smut and drug capital. They don't want to outlaw it completely so they are simply reducing the number of marijauna shops and brothels.
The best part about this new plan is that they don't expect it to be in full swing until 2018. TEN YEARS. I didn't see many of the news items I read address this issue so I was disapointed at first but now realize they will never make it all illegal.
The weed law is one big loophole in itself. It's legal to sell it and possess it in less than 5 gram quantities however, you are not allowed to grow or cultivate it. So those who sell to the shops are doing so illegally though they don't go after growers generally. It's just in the books as illegal.
I can't wait to go back.