Even though Amsterdam is known for the Red Light District and coffee shops where you can get everything but coffee,2 it is illegal to smoke in a work environment. Ziggo Dome, in this case the employer, should provide a smoke-free workplace to its employees and visitors. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority has pointed this out to Ziggo Dome’s management. As a reaction to this, Ziggo Dome will ask it’s visitors and performing artists more explicitly to smoke in the designated areas in the future. Nothing spectacular, just like the EMA itself. I am all for a smoke-free workplace.
No spliffs allowed
But here’s the good stuff: the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority can’t impose a fine on the Ziggo Dome because it’s illegal to smoke tobacco in a workplace, but it is NOT illegal to smoke pure weed. Go ahead, read that again. You can’t smoke a cigarette, but you can smoke weed as long as there isn’t any tobacco in your joint. Now all Ziggo Dome needs to do is make sure that upcoming acts like Drake, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and -yes, Miley Cyrus- smoke joints and no spliffs.
Welcome to the Netherlands.