News of: Wednesday, January 25 2006,

Hash Museum Amsterdam not allowed to expand

The neighbourhood council Amsterdam-Centrum has won a victory in a 4-year court case about the expansion of the Hash Museum.

The 'Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum' was opened in 1985, and attracts some 70,000 visitors each year.

It wanted to expand the museum to a larger, nearby building, but the Amsterdam-Centrum refused a licence.
After 4 years of legal procedures the highest court in the Netherlands (Raad van State) has decided that Amsterdam-Centrum is not obliged to give a licence.
Alderman Iping (Social Democrats) wants to improve the 'liveability' of the Red Light District (the quality of the neighbourhood living enviroment), and a bigger Hash Museum is not part of this, in her opinion. She would rather see the museum disappear from the area.

The museum is located in the Red light district, at Oudezijdsvoorburgwal 148.