The Hague - Ban on smoking cannabis

Ban on smoking cannabis

It is prohibited to use soft drugs in 13 public areas in The Hague. This measure should reduce the nuisance there. See which areas the ban applies to.

People who smoke cannabis (marijuana) in public areas can be a source of nuisance to neighbourhood residents and tourists. For example, some people are bothered by the foul odour.

Enforcement of ban

The general local by-laws (APV) give the local authorities the possibility to prescribe a ban on smoking cannabis in areas with structural nuisance. It is prohibited to use soft drugs in the areas listed below. People who violate the ban can get a fine. The police will enforce the ban on smoking cannabis. People who violate the ban can get a fine. If you experience nuisance, you can contact the police on tel. 0900 8844.

The introduction of the ban on smoking cannabis is one of several measures to reduce nuisance. The ban is in place from April 2018 to April 2020. The measure will then be re-evaluated. Every 6 months the municipality will examine if any changes need to be made to the ban.

Where is the ban in effect?

View the areas on the map or in the table below.

Where is the ban in effect?
City district Area Steets with smoking ban
Centrum Entire Centrum city district Centrum, Stationsbuurt, Schilderswijk, Groente- en Fruitmarkt, Transvaalkwartier, Zeeheldenkwartier, Archipelbuurt, Willemspark.
Escamp Residential and shopping area around Zuiderpark Escamplaan, Dedemsvaartweg, Guntersteinweg, Middachtenweg, Assumburgweg, Troelstrakade, De la Reyweg, Loosduinsekade, Soestdijksekade, Veenendaalkade, Leyweg, including Zuiderpret playground, excluding the part of Zuiderpark surrounded by Melis Stokelaan, Loevesteinlaan, Vreeswijkstraat, Troelstrakade and the Moerweg.
Escamp Bouwlust-Vrederust Meppelweg, Dedemsvaartweg, Erasmusweg and the Beresteinlaan.
Haagse Hout The Hague Central Station & Malieveld Boslaan, Zuid-Hollandlaan, Prinsessegracht, Bezuidenhoutseweg, Rijnstraat, Prins Bernardviaduct and the Prins Clauslaan.
Laak Laakkade ecological zone Laakkade, Rijswijkseweg, Laakweg, Neherkade, Rijswijkseweg, Laakweg.
Laak Goeverneurlaan area Gouverneurplein, Gouverneurlaan, Jonckbloetplein, Gouverneurlaan, Lorentzplein, Jan van der Heijdenstraat, Rijswijkseweg, Van Musschenbroekstraat.
Laak Binckhorst area Mercuriusweg, Binckhorstlaan, Trekvlietplein, Plutostraat, Meteoorstraat, Poolsterstraat.
Laak Vliethage area The playground behind Vliethage and the streets Van Leeuwenhoekstraat, Boerhaavestraat, Rijswijkseweg.
Scheveningen Coastal area Strandweg, Gevers Deynootweg, Adriaan Maasplein, Scheveningen boulevard, Rederserf, Noordelijk havenhoofd, Zwarte Pad.
Scheveningen Haringkade Badhuiskade, Juriaan de Kokstraat, Havenkade, Neptunesstraat, Seinpostraat, Rijslag, Kapelplein, Kapelweg, Nieuwe Duinweg, Haringkade.
Scheveningen Groot Hertoginnelaan, Eline Vere park Carnegielaan, Groot Hertoginnelaan, Tobias Asserlaan, Johan de Witlaan, Alexander Gogelweg, Andries Bickerweg and Koningin Emmakade.
Scheveningen Tesselseplein Tesselseplein and the surrounding streets and other public areas within a distance of 50 metres.
Segbroek Regentesse-Valkenboskwartier (Re-Va) area Laan van Meerdervoort, Valkenboskade, Loosduinsekade and Waldeck Pyrmontkade.
Also see: Alcohol bans

Published: 23 April 2018Modified: 12 November 2018