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4 The Portugal News • 19 Jan 2019                                  News


                                                                                Parties propose



                                                                                legalisation of



                                                                                recreational cannabis


                                                                                The Left Bloc (BE) and People-Animals-Nature (PAN) have
                                                                                debated the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use, in

                                                                                the form of bills tabled to the Portuguese parliament.
                                                                                       he BE is calling for  fight against drug trafficking  of cannabis products or
                                                                                       sales to be made  and associated crime” and  establishments that are to
                                                                                       only in          the promotion of public  sell them and that
                                                                                Testablishments         health, safety, making  packaging should be
                                                                                licensed for the purpose  citizens responsible and  neutral and informative,
                                                                                that they “must have, only  preventing addictions, it  alerting customers to any
                                                                                as their main activity the  said.               potential damage to their
                                                                                commerce of cannabis      In its bill, meanwhile,  health.
                                                                                plants, substances or   PAN states that the       On the cultivation of
       Galleries were full last Friday as interested parties watched as MPs debated legalising
       Galleries were full last Friday as interested parties watched as MPs debated legalising
       Galleries were full last Friday as interested parties watched as MPs debated legalising  preparations”, while PAN
       Galleries were full last Friday as interested parties watched as MPs debated legalising
       Galleries were full last Friday as interested parties watched as MPs debated legalising
       cannabis for recreational use. (Photo: António Cotrim/Lusa)                                      objective of regulating the  cannabis for personal use,
       cannabis for recreational use. (Photo: António Cotrim/Lusa)
       cannabis for recreational use. (Photo: António Cotrim/Lusa)
       cannabis for recreational use. (Photo: António Cotrim/Lusa)
       cannabis for recreational use. (Photo: António Cotrim/Lusa)
                                                                                takes the view that sales  recreational use of  the BE bill allows for this,
      Lisbon city hall protects over 400                                        “should occur exclusively  cannabis is the “protection  to a maximum limit of five
                                                                                in pharmacies”, where
                                                                                                        of public health and safety”
                                                                                                                                plants to a person’s own
                                                                                                        by providing safe and
                                                                                there are professionals
                                                                                                                                permanent residence, and
      people from cold weather                                                  qualified to offer      informed access.        the PAN bill to six plants.
                                                                                clarification.
                                                                                                                                Cultivation by adults only
                                                                                                          “This law aims to protect
                                                                                 The bill from the BE,  people from the risks of  for personal use must be
      Lisbon city hall said on Monday that 451 homeless people were given
      Lisbon city hall said on Monday that 451 homeless people were given
      Lisbon city hall said on Monday that 451 homeless people were given
      Lisbon city hall said on Monday that 451 homeless people were given
      Lisbon city hall said on Monday that 451 homeless people were given       which will present its  illegal trade and drug-  done only with seeds
      shelter and 886 meals were served under a contingency plan to protect
      shelter and 886 meals were served under a contingency plan to protect
      shelter and 886 meals were served under a contingency plan to protect     proposal first, foresees the  trafficking, as well as the  acquired in
      shelter and 886 meals were served under a contingency plan to protect
      shelter and 886 meals were served under a contingency plan to protect
      them against the winter weather.                                          legalisation of cannabis  health, social and    establishments licensed
      them against the winter weather.
      them against the winter weather.
      them against the winter weather.
      them against the winter weather.
                                                                                for personal non-       economic consequences   for this purpose, both bills
        The council referred 150  The “yellow phase” of the  temperatures.      medicinal use, with the  that the irresponsible and  specify.
      people to shelters and 32  contingency plan for    Currently, the plan is in a  law also to regulate  uninformed use of     They also advocate a
      people with health       homeless people kicked  “blue” phase, with teams  aspects of production and  psychoactive substances  ban on the consumption of
      concerns were treated,   off last Wednesday      on the street distributing  cultivation, marketing,  can have on society,” it  cannabis products in
      three of which were taken  afternoon to protect the  coats and hot drinks.  acquisition, detention and  says in its bill.   workplaces, in places for
      to hospital.             homeless from cold                    TPN/Lusa   consumption of cannabis   Both parties specify, that  children and young
                                                                                plants or derivatives.  sales of the product    people, in closed public
                                                                                 “The main objective of  should only be made to  spaces, in nursing homes,
                                                                                responsible and safe    people aged 18 and over  in establishments where
                                                                                legalisation of recreational  and who are not suffering  health care and transport
                                                                                cannabis should always be  from mental illness.   are provided, in rental
                                                                                the reduction of problem  They also propose     vehicles and in vehicles
                                                                                consumption, the effective  prohibiting the advertising  used to transport patients.
                                                                                Douro estuary has more Lisbon
                                                                                plastic than fish larvae                        declares war
                                                                                Researchers from Portugal’s Interdisciplinary
                                                                                Researchers from Portugal’s Interdisciplinary
                                                                                Researchers from Portugal’s Interdisciplinary   on plastic
                                                                                Researchers from Portugal’s Interdisciplinary
                                                                                Researchers from Portugal’s Interdisciplinary
                                                                                Centre of Maritime and Environmental
                                                                                Centre of Maritime and Environmental
                                                                                Centre of Maritime and Environmental
                                                                                Centre of Maritime and Environmental
                                                                                Centre of Maritime and Environmental
                                                                                Investigation have concluded that the quantity waste
                                                                                Investigation have concluded that the quantity
                                                                                Investigation have concluded that the quantity
                                                                                Investigation have concluded that the quantity
                                                                                Investigation have concluded that the quantity
                                                                                of plastic particles in the Douro estuary is higher
                                                                                of plastic particles in the Douro estuary is higher
                                                                                of plastic particles in the Douro estuary is higher
                                                                                of plastic particles in the Douro estuary is higher
                                                                                of plastic particles in the Douro estuary is higher
                                                                                than the number of the fish larvae and fish that
                                                                                than the number of the fish larvae and fish that
                                                                                than the number of the fish larvae and fish that  Lisbon wants to
                                                                                than the number of the fish larvae and fish that
                                                                                than the number of the fish larvae and fish that
                                                                                inhabit the ecosystem.
                                                                                inhabit the ecosystem.
                                                                                inhabit the ecosystem.                          eliminate the use
                                                                                inhabit the ecosystem.
                                                                                inhabit the ecosystem.
                                                                                 The researchers        the ratio between fish larvae  of throw-away
                                                                                analysed the quantity of fish  and microplastics” in the
                                                                                larvae, recently hatched fish  Douro estuary which serves  plastic cups.
                                                                                and microplastics; particles  as a “refuge” for several  As of 2020, the
                                                                                of less than 5 millimetres  marine species.     Portuguese capital bars
                                                                                resulting from the       She said, the larval   and restaurants will be
                                                                                fragmentation of plastic,  development in most  banned from giving patrons
                                                                                throughout the whole    marine fish was quite   beverages in single-use
                                                                                estuary and found that there  vulnerable to environmental  plastic containers.
                                                                                was an average ratio of one  changes and to the effects of  The measure is one of a
                                                                                larva per 1.5 particles of  human action.       set of ten measures that
                                                                                microplastics, Sandra    Ramos, also told Lusa  Lisbon will be
                                                                                Ramos, the researcher at  News Agency that the  implementing under a new
                                                                                CIIMAR in charge of     CIIMAR team aims to start a  version of its Urban Waste
                                                                                coordinating the study,  new study to analyse the  Management, Hygiene
                                                                                recently published in   sources of contamination  and Cleanliness strategy.
                                                                                Science of the Total    and to analyse fish larvae to  Waste generation in
                                                                                Environment.            understand if animals eat  Lisbon grew ten percent
                                                                                 The study, which began in  the plastic particles.  from 2015 to 2018, largely
                                                                                2016, aimed to “understand           TPN/Lusa   due to tourism.
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