PT: Adult use bill ends up before Parliament

As Europe begins to wake up to the reality that two countries within and just outside its border (Luxembourg and Switzerland) are about to give the region its “Colorado and Washington State” moment – Portugal appears to want to up the ante even more.

In a move highly anticipated by insiders, and just before a summer of intermittent travel corridors and mutating summer holiday plans along with new variants of Covid, the Portuguese also seem determined to have their moment in the sun.

However, the Portuguese situation is also not likely to be like any of the other discussions going on in Europe at the moment. This starts with the fact that the government has been playing with the idea of drug liberalization and laissaz-faire drug reform for the last fifty years in a way unseen in any other European state.

The timing of this discussion – literally to carve out and define a national policy on adult-use – is also far from accidental. This development means that three countries within Europe (the other two are Holland and Luxembourg) plus Switzerland are now formally debating if not implementing adult-use market guidelines and policies.


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