Portugal Isn’t As Easy On Cannabis As You Think

Portugal Isn’t As Easy On Cannabis As You Think

Back in 2001, Portugal took the unprecedented step of decriminalising all drugs, gaining itself a reputation as the world leader in harm reduction and sensible, evidence-based drug policy. Add to that a reliably sunny climate, and it would seem on paper that you’ve got the perfect location for cannabis cultivation. Yet the popular image of Portugal as a weed-grower’s paradise begins to unravel once you get your seeds in the ground. In fact, you’d be lucky to even get that far, as the sale of cannabis seeds is actually illegal in Portugal. To many people this will sound like a pretty twisted interpretation of the word “decriminalised”, although that’s because most casual observers don’t fully grasp what the term entails. What A Decriminalised Market Looks Like The important thing to note is that decriminalisation is very different to legalisation. Under the current system, people can possess up to a ten-day supply of any drug for personal use without facing punishment, yet the production, sale and purchase of narcotics (including cannabis) remains very much illegal and can land a person in jail[i]. In other words, you can’t have a decriminalised market without at least some criminals. In the case of cannabis, the government deems a ten-day personal supply to equal 25 grams of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish. Possession of higher amounts is considered a drug law offence and can carry a range of penalties. In 2016, 17,490 such offenses were recorded in Portugal, with over 70 percent of these…

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