It blows my mind to realize I have people listening to me from all around the world. I just received this email from Spain from an author who has read my post on Portugal’s decriminalization of drugs.
I hear you speak lately about Portugal and their cannabis decriminalization
But Portugal it’s not better than Spain in this aspect, as Spain, they still charge fines for cannabis possesion.
In fact, we are far more advance that Portugal on this, in Spain the cannabis consumption it’s also decriminalize since a long time ago, even home cultivation of cannabis (to a certain plants quantity limits of course)
I quote the wikipedia entries about this:
Personal consumption limit is 2.5 gram per day of marijuana and 0.5 gram per day of hashish. One may possess not more than 10 daily doses, otherwise it may be categorized as trafficking. Consumption still has a penalty that may be a fine or other penalty. Cultivation, even if for personal use, is still totally illegal and cultivation of even one plant is assumed to indicate involvement with trafficking. Possession of seeds is also illegal and despite there being several “head shops” or “grow shops” in Portugal, they are not allowed to sell seeds. It is also true that the number of grow shops has increased over the past few years, which seems to indicate that cultivation for personal use (in Portuguese: auto-cultivo) is becoming a more common practice. There is also a forum, named hortadacouve, formed by people who cultivate for personal use.
It is very common in Portugal to see young people smoking in concerts and other party areas. There has also been, in the last decade, an increase of cafés where it is possible to smoke, although it is never an “open” experience, because there is still a lot of intolerance to public consumption of cannabis as a day to day practice.
The 2006 Global Marijuana March (Portuguese: Marcha Global da Marijuana) was celebrated for the first time in Lisbon and in 2007 both Lisbon and Porto celebrated it.
Personal consumption and home cultivation of cannabis have been decriminalized. Buying or selling remains a criminal offense, as well consumption or possession in public areas. Therapeutic use is allowed and is regulated by hospital prescription.
Please do not forget about Spain efforts in favor of legalization.
Greetings from a spanish fan of your great and informative Daily Audio Stash, wich I listen almost every program.
Pedro Gonzalez Mesto