Lisbon is cannabis friendly country. There are numerous neighbourhoods known for their markets, nightlife and food. Lisbon is also known for its many viewpoints of the surrounding countryside. Here is a comprehensive guide to consuming and buying Cannabis in Lisbon, Portugal.
Weed Laws in Portugal
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs from cannabis to heroin. They began to treat drug offenses as a public health issue rather than a criminal issue. Anything under a 10 day supply is okay to have on your person, and you will likely not be arrested. However, you may have to have a meeting with the Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction.
What will happen is dependent on the officer who questions/finds you. Lisbon police are known to be pretty friendly. Oftentimes with cannabis, officers couldn’t care less. If you do have to have a meeting with the CDDA, you will either be given a recommended treatment plan or left with a small fine. Growing plants and selling drugs is still illegal. In some cases, officers will simply confiscate your cannabis and let you go. Other times, depending on the amount you may have to spend the night in jail.
What is Considered a “10 Day Supply”?
There is conflicting information about what exactly constitutes an acceptable amount of cannabis to have in your possession. In some cases, up to 25 grams of buds and 5 grams of hash has been accepted. Generally speaking, it would be advisable to have minimal amounts at a time to avoid any potential hassle.
Where to Buy Cannabis in Lisbon
In Lisbon, head downtown near the Baixa and go to Praca Martim Moniz. You will likely be approached by one of the many African guys who hang out there. However, you need to be very cautious of buying cannabis on the streets as Lisbon is known for having pickpocketers. In addition, the product quality of cannabis/hash found on the streets is generally pretty low and they often try to rip off tourists.
Cannabis Prices in Lisbon
You will likely be only able to find hash from many people. The plant itself is not smoked nearly as much in Lisbon as it is in other cities. You can expect to pay about 10 euros for two grams of high quality hash. It’s important to inspect the quality and look for hash that is fragrant and thick, as those are signs of a high quality product.
Knowing the local slang for cannabis terms is helpful when attempting to buy in Portugal.
Ganza – Marijuana
Charro – Joint
Bongo – Bong
Shamon – Low quality hash
Pollen – Mid quality hash