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Portugal Cannabis Consultants: History of Cannabis in Portugal & Local Laws

Higher Yields Cannabis Consultants offers a full range of cannabis consulting services in Portugal. Our vertically integrated consulting system offers a path to business success with regards to cannabis in Portugal. From startup to scaling and expansion of your cannabis-related business and everything in-between our team of industry experts can help. If you have any questions about cannabis in Portugal, please contact us online or call (844) HI-YIELD.

Latest News in cannabis in Portugal

Portugal was one of the first countries to decriminalize marijuana in 2001, and medical marijuana was legalized in 2018. Buying and selling recreational marijuana remains illegal — trafficking cannabis in Portugal can result in a one- to five-year prison sentence.

When Portugal decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2001, they also considered decriminalizing the cultivation of marijuana for personal use, but ultimately decided against it. Cultivating cannabis in Portugal, even if for personal use, remains illegal.

Portugal’s medical marijuana industry is regulated by a government agency called Infarmed, which evaluates, regulates, and supervises all aspects of the industry. Infarmed is also responsible for licensing any applications to cultivate, produce, or distribute medical cannabis in Portugal.

In 2018, two political parties, Bloco de Esquera and PAN, introduced a bill in parliament that would legalize the use of medical marijuana without a prescription. Ultimately, a more conservative version of the bill passed, and doctor-prescribed medical marijuana was legalized.

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If you are looking to attain a license for hemp or cannabis in Portugal Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting can help. Our team of cannabis licensing experts and cannabis application technical writers has had great success helping newcomers and experienced operators attain licenses in Portugal.
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History of Cannabis in Portugal

Portugal’s relatively lenient policy on marijuana stems from the country’s effort to reform drug policy in the late 90s. For several decades prior, Portugal had dealt with high rates of drug use and high rates of incarceration. In 2001, officials made the bold decision to decriminalize the personal use of all drugs and focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment. If an individual is caught in possession of cannabis in Portugal, they are sent to a local Commission for Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, which consists of a legal expert and two medical professionals/psychologists. This commission reviews the case and decides if treatment is necessary to combat addiction.

Cannabis social clubs exist in Portugal, although they are technically illegal as cultivation is illegal. Marijuana advocates and some politicians have advocated for making these clubs officially legal, as similar clubs have worked well in neighboring Spain. In 2013, the political party Bloco de Esquerda entered a proposal to parliament to legally allow these clubs to cultivate marijuana, but the proposal wasn’t accepted.

Portugal Cannabis Consulting services

At Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting (HYC), our cannabis consultants are here to assist you with planning and building your cannabis business in Portugal. Our team of canna advisors are well-versed in local compliance laws on cannabis in Portugal. We offer services that assist you in building your brand, creating your marketing plan, designing your website and assets, crafting your social media presence, and much more to help your business see success.


Our team of cannabis consultants has decades of combined experience with cannabis business startups offering a full range of services. From licensing to accounting.

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HYC has an in-house cannabis facility design and build team led by a 3rd generation HVAC expert. We've built facilities all over the USA as well as internationally.


Our cannabis compliance team is one of the best in the country. Offering a full range of compliance services as well as Metrc auditing, training, and more.


Our in-house team of graphic designers, brand creators, and marketers has over 50 years of combined experience. They are also well-versed in the plant and the industry itself.

Contact us at (844) HI-YIELD to learn how we can assist you.


Marijuana Market Conditions in Portugal

Portugal is quickly becoming a medical marijuana cultivation powerhouse as demand increases across Europe. Portugal’s sunny, mild climate and comparatively inexpensive labor have made it ideal for cannabis production. 

Companies from across Europe have already invested in Portugal’s cannabis industry. Tilray, a major marijuana corporation, invested 20 million euros (about $22 million) in a large cannabis cultivation facility in Portugal, which it expects will produce its first profitable yield in 2020. This cannabis facility is expected to be one of the main supply sources of medical marijuana in Europe, especially in Germany, where demand is especially high. Other companies, notably the British GW Pharmaceuticals and a Canadian/Israeli company, called Sababa Portugal, have also invested millions of euros into developing marijuana cultivation facilities. 

Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting is Ready to Help You

With Portugal’s liberal attitude regarding marijuana and recent investment in marijuana production infrastructure, many have predicted that cannabis in Portugal may be fully legalized in the next several years. In this fast-paced and quickly changing industry, using the services of a professional cannabis consulting firm can give you the competitive edge you need to get a foothold in this lucrative market. The expert team at Higher Yields Consulting (HYC) is prepared to help you with all aspects of your marijuana business endeavor, from compliance to branding and marketing. Contact us now to find out how we can help your business. 

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