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Nicki Minaj arrested by Dutch Police at airport
Nicki Minaj arrested by Dutch Police at airport - Courtesy: @nickiminaj
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Nicki Minaj's Amsterdam airport drama, after Queen of Rap claims sabotage (of her Pink Friday 2 Tour) as police question her over alleged cannabis possession.

What Happened To Nicki Minaj?

Nicki Minaj, the queen of rap, is no stranger to controversy, but her recent run-in with Dutch authorities has Barbz buzzing for all the wrong reasons. The 41-year-old superstar was detained at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport for allegedly possessing pre-rolled cannabis. And if you think that's outrageous, wait till you hear what she had to say about it.

What happened at the airport? The "Do We Have A Problem" lyricist took to social media to blast the airport staff and police, claiming they were deliberately and "illegally" trying to sabotage her Pink Friday 2 Tour. The issues began as she was en route to Manchester (#GagCityManchester), England, only to be held up by security over an issue with her luggage.

Nicki shared a video on Instagram, capturing a tense conversation with an airport staff member who insisted they needed to search her luggage on police orders. The Trinidadian rapper and singer-songwriter, clearly frustrated, asked why the search wasn't conducted before her bags were put on the plane. The staff member's response? A shrug and an apology... the irony!

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Nicki Minaj's Social Media Outcry

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But the drama didn't end there. Nicki posted that she was being escorted to a police precinct to make a statement about her security. She didn't hold back, accusing certain individuals of being paid to sabotage her tour. "They took my bags before I could see them. Put it on the plane. Now saying they're waiting on customs. This is what it looks like when ppl are paid big money to try to sabotage a tour after all else failed. Everything they've done is illegal," she fumed on social media.

A video on Instagram (seen below) further revealed the crux of the issue: police suspected she was bringing weed into the UK. The staff explained they did a quick check but now wanted to open her bags because they didn't believe she didn't have more cannabis on her. Nicki, in disbelief, asked why they didn't search her bags earlier and pointed out that they took her bags before she even knew what was happening.

Nicki's frustration was palpable as she continued to update her fans on X (formerly known as Twitter). She explained that her security had already informed the authorities that the pre-rolls belonged to him, yet the police were adamant about weighing them. To add insult to injury, she claimed the pilot demanded she take down her Instagram post.

Nicki Minaj On X

Nicki Minaj post on X
Nicki Minaj post on X - Courtesy: @nickiminaj

"Now they said they found weed & that another group of ppl have to come here to weigh the pre-rolls. Keep in mind they took my bags without consent," she posted, emphasising the absurdity of the situation. Speaking of absurdities, isn't weed legal in Amsterdam? Learn more about the misconceptions of cannabis in Amsterdam below.

Her fans rallied behind her, condemning the police's actions as discriminatory. One user on X passionately defended Nicki, saying, "Police are unfair and discriminatory towards BLACK PPL every single day. Today marks an unjust reason to their actions. First it was 'We are searching your bags that have already been searched again for recording us'. Now Nicki is being arrested for...? What? He didn't say."

As the BS unfolds, Nicki is expected to perform in Manchester tonight, but this incident has undoubtedly cast a shadow over her tour. We'll keep you posted as more details emerge, but for now, it seems like Nicki Minaj is not backing down without a fight. Stay tuned, Tanizzians, because this story is far from over - #FREENICKI Minaj.

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Understanding Amsterdam's Cannabis Policies

Is cannabis legal in Amsterdam? Nicki's predicament at Amsterdam Airport brings to light the often-misunderstood cannabis policies in the Netherlands. While many believe cannabis is legal in the Netherlands, it's actually more complex than that. The Dutch Opium Act makes personal possession of small amounts of cannabis (up to 5 grams) a punishable offense. However, there's a 'tolerance policy' (gedoogbeleid) in place, meaning this law is not enforced for small quantities meant for personal use.

In Amsterdam, this tolerance policy is evident in the existence of licensed coffeeshops, where the sale of soft drugs like marijuana and hashish is permitted. These establishments operate under strict regulations designed to limit public nuisance, maintain transparency, and prevent criminal involvement. The policy also aims to discourage cannabis use among young people.

Despite this tolerance, the rules are clear: outside these coffeeshops, cannabis possession can still lead to legal issues, particularly when crossing international borders. This nuance is likely what tripped up Nicki Minaj, leading to her dramatic delay and subsequent social media outburst.

For those traveling to or from Amsterdam, it's crucial to understand these regulations to avoid similar complications. While the city's laid-back approach to cannabis may seem permissive, it has its boundaries—something Nicki Minaj learned the hard way.

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