By the end of this ultimate guide, you will know everything you need to about Cannabis in Lisbon.
Whether you’re a casual smoker traveling to Lisbon, wanting to know more about the cannabis laws, or a long time citizen who is just curious,
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Tolerance Level Guesstimation [1= completely illegal with severe punishment, 10= legal] – 5
Marijuana possession, just for personal use, is no longer illegal or a criminal offense. However, you cannot possess, grow, or smoke it in public.
Lisbon Marijuana Laws
If you are traveling to Lisbon and wondering if you can light up a joint or two during your stay there, well, I have good news for you!
As long as you keep your smoking within your private premises, you are entirely within your legal bounds to smoke cannabis!
It is only when you decide to venture out with a considerable amount of cannabis on you that you might fall into trouble with the police.
What you need to know about the cannabis laws in Lisbon is that you are entirely within your legal bounds to possess as well as use cannabis personally. However, you cannot distribute, grow, or smoke it in public.
Now, you will still find a lot of locals and tourists enjoying a joint or a spliff along the streets of Lisbon.
What do the cops do if they see you?
In many cases, well, nothing. As long as you are not creating a nuisance or carrying a substantial amount of weed on you, you will simply be sent off with a warning. In other cases, you might even be fined for smoking in public.
However, unless you are caught selling, or you are not creating a public scene, the cops will not bother you.
Of course, just to be safe, make sure you are not openly smoking a joint in front of the cops. You don’t want to taunt them, right!
An interesting thing you should know about in Portugal is that there is something called the “10 Day Supply”. This means that if you have what is considered a ’10 day supply’ (25 grams of weed and 5 grams of hash) on you, and the cops catch you, you might just get your stash confiscated and maybe have to pay a fine.
Anything more than this ’10 day supply’, and you might be marked a dealer and find yourself in much more trouble.
Cannabis Prices, Quality, and Types
Cannabis is readily available on every street corner. You will come across several dozen ‘dealers’ who will try to negotiate and sell you some excellent weed for a high price.
Most of the time, the cannabis quality is quite poor, and you will end up paying quite a high price for absolutely nothing.
Price of Cannabis
You should typically be able to buy a gram or two of cannabis for around 10 Euros. However, if you are a tourist, there is a chance that you’ll be lured to pay a much higher price for very substandard weed.
You will find low-quality weed for 4 to 7 Euros a gram, which is one of the cheapest in Europe! You will also find higher quality weed being sold for around 7 to 12 Euros.
Quality of Cannabis
Unfortunately, Lisbon is notorious for having dealers at every nook and corner of the city who will sell you flavored and perfumed oregano instead of actual cannabis. Whether you are looking for weed, hash, or harder drugs, buying from street dealers can always have you at a loss, because most probably, you will end up with fake stuff in your hands.
Since buying and selling cannabis is illegal, you can’t even complain to the cops about the bad deal you just made!
Types of Plant
Hash is much more widely available in Lisbon as compared to weed. It can be almost impossible to find weed in the city. You might have to settle with hash.
However, you will find different types and qualities available, such as medium quality hash known as Pollen (5 Euros a gram) and high-quality hash known as Paki or Bolota (10 Euros a gram).
Where can you buy cannabis in Lisbon?
Dealers are plentiful in Lisbon. Whether you are looking in the main squares or near the metro and train stations, you will find the typical ‘Rasta’ looking dealers offering to sell you weed, hash, or even cocaine.
However, the quality that you end up with is really suspicious. Most of the time, the dealers will end up selling tourists fake stuff, and there is not much you can do about it.
Avoid buying weed from random street dealers. Instead, ask some friendly locals discreetly, and don’t make a huge hue and cry about it, or you are bound to draw attention towards yourself. You need to be very discreet during this entire process.
Cannabis Culture in Lisbon
Since cannabis is decriminalized for personal use, you will find a lot of locals as well as tourists enjoying the joint or two. You might even find them smoking on the streets, of course, away from the eyes of the cops.
The cannabis culture is growing in acceptance in Lisbon, and you will see that both locals, as well as the cops, are more friendly towards the idea of cannabis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is buying weed in parks safe?
As long as you do it discreetly, it might be safe to buy weed from parks. However, the quality of weed you end up with can be awful, or may even be an utterly fake weed. That is a risk you might have to be willing to take in Lisbon!
Can you smoke hash on the streets?
If you want to, you might be able to get away with it in Lisbon. You will find a lot of people openly smoking on the streets. However, don’t draw too much attention to yourself. If you see cops nearby, it is best to put out your joint, because you don’t want them unnecessarily noticing you and fining you.
What happens if you get caught with marijuana?
If you are caught with a few grams on you, you might be just let off with a warning. It is also possible that your weed gets confiscated, or you might even be fined. However, if you have more than 25 grams of cannabis or 5 grams of hash on you, you might be pinned as a dealer, and even arrested!
Is it easy to get weed in Lisbon?
It is quite easy to get weed in Lisbon. The quality of weed, however, is dubious.