The Green Scene: What $20 Weed Looks Like In Portugal


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If there is one country on the planet right now where you are guaranteed to have no problems enjoying some herb, it is Portugal. Why? Because after waging war against drugs for years, they took a novel approach in 2001 of decriminalizing all drugs. Why? Because drug use is a health concern, not a crime.

How Portugal decriminalized drugs

Portugal was isolated from the world for nearly half a century under an authoritarian dictatorship until the 1974 Carnation Revolution. With one swift coup, they went from oppression to liberation. Refugees and soldiers came home from abroad, carrying with them the drug experimentation culture that had spread through the rest of the world at that time.

Drug use became synonymous with celebrating freedom. After a while, the country, which had little preparation for such an epidemic, soon took to harsh penalties and a conservative backlash against drug use.

But despite heavy-handed tactics that would make the DEA proud, by 1999, 1% of the population was addicted to…

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