How to Deal with the irritating Drug Dealers of Lisbon

Lisbon is the best place to smoke dope in Europe

I’m not talking about the quality of the dope bu about the liberal attitude towards smoking joints you find in Lisbon. Don’t be surprised to find the couple having lunch or dinner next to you sharing a joint… even the suits working in the offices on Avenida Liberdade finish their day with a smoke and a coffee at one of the many quiosques.


In 2001 Portugal decriminalized the use of drugs.

Not by making drugs legal but by treating small possessions of weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it as a public health issue, not a criminal one. In theory getting caught with dope may result in a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record. In reality nobody cares.

This liberal drug policy had an immediate result.

First: The prime reasons behind the drug policy – drug related crime & important drug related deaths – declined immediately.

Second: Lisbon got flooded with irritating drug dealers – they are everywhere in down town. Don’t get surprised when a friendly looking persons stops you on Rossio or  Praça do Comércio and offer you coke, weed, amphetamine or harder drugs.

But don’t buy anything. Its only stupid tourists that do that. You don’t have to be a smoker to see and smell that the ‘shit’ you get offered is exactly as what it looks like: Shit 🙂

Instead go to the supermarket and buy the bay leaves there – its much cheaper LOL



Bay Leaf Hash

This is not a joke – a couple of month the police ran a campaign against buying bay leaves. We blogged about it here

How to Deal with the Drug Dealers of Lisbon

Atlas Lisboa LOGOWhen you’re in Lisbon for more than 10 minutes and you look foreign, or even Portuguese but not uptight, you’ll be approached by gentlemen offering you marijuana, hashish, cocaine, heroin, and whatever else the kids are doing these days for kicks.

Their favorite areas to offer you things to put into your pipe/nose/vein include Rossio square, Cais do Sodré circle, certain corners of Bairro Alto and, now, Principe Real.

Read The Atlas teams directions on how to deal with the Drug Dealers of Lisbon on their super blog.

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