In a previous article, I sought to know if weed was legal in Portugal. In short: it is not. She is decriminalizedwhich is not the same as being legal.
Decriminalization means you won’t go to jail for smoking or possessing a small amount of weed, and while some people will be sent to rehab or other mild punishments, you’re unlikely to get into trouble. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to buy weed in Portugal.
Ignore all the articles that tell you that Portugal is a stoner’s paradise and that the streets of Lisbon and Porto are paved with dispensaries or coffeeshops like in Amsterdam. This is not the case.
Portugal has a lot of coffeeshops, but they only sell coffee and cakes. Lots of cakes. And no, not that kind of cake.
Either way, if you feel like slapping some of your hand-earned cash, here are two ways to get rid of it fast.
1. Go to a tourist hotspot and wait to be approached
In Portugal, especially in Lisbon and Porto, you will be approached by many people who will whisper something like “hashish, marijuana, cocaine” to you.
At least 90% (if not more) of these people are scammers who prey on tourists who think drugs are legal in Portugal. Often they do this in full view of the police, which makes it even more convincing. If drugs were illegal, surely they wouldn’t be so obvious? Not true ?
The reason the police don’t do anything is because they don’t sell drugs. They usually sell bay leaves that they make look like real drugs. If you’re going to make a good stew, they’re the place to go
Likewise, if you’re looking to make a nice loaf of bread, you can get baking powder just by asking for cocaine
You see, while possession of small amounts is decriminalized, selling drugs is not. A dealer who actually had drugs to sell would be much more careful.
This is not the case with these guys. They often follow you down the street quite aggressively and jump in your face. It’s a big problem in Lisbon and Porto, and the police should have intervened years ago.
Is this going to happen? Probably not
According to an article by Reuters from March 2020, Bruno Pereira, police commissioner for Lisbon’s Criminal Investigations Department, said new legislation was needed to tackle the problem, which requires “continuous attention”.
But this problem has existed for years – a loophole created by new Portuguese drug laws in 2000. Granted, the situation has gotten worse in recent years, but it has been a problem for a very long time now.
Unfortunately, for now, all you can do is ignore them.
In Lisbon, you will find them around Baixa (especially around Praça do Comércio) and Cais do Sodré (especially around Pink Street). In Porto they are less common but you will find them around São Bento station and Ribeira (near the river). In the Algarve, they are often found in gypsy markets or in the town centers of seaside resorts
There are quite a few other blog and forum posts about selling weed in Portugal and if you scroll to the bottom of the post you will find plenty of comments with people recommending someone. who “has the best bud bro” or “has the most doped green I’ve ever smoked” All you have to do is get in touch with them through an app like Telegram or Wickr.
Again, at least 90% of these comments come from scammers. The majority of them seem to be based in Cameroon (I know because they spam this blog and I can see their IP addresses)
They seem to accept PayPal, Western Union and Bitcoin, and probably know a few Nigerian princes if you have extra cash to spend.
Is weed legal in Portugal?
No, drugs (like cannabis) are decriminalized in Portugal but this does not mean they are legal. In practice, that means you’re unlikely to go to jail for possession, but it also doesn’t mean you can buy drugs legally.
Are there coffeeshops in Portugal?
Yes, but only the guy who sells espressos and pastéis de nata
Is medical marijuana legal in Portugal?
Yes, provided it is prescribed by a doctor, dispensed by a pharmacy and the product is authorized by the regulatory body INFARMED