Do you know how to become a licensed producer in Portugal?
Medical Cannabis Prescriptions in Portugal
Applying for a Cannabis Cultivation License in Portugal
Infarmed is the Portuguese regulatory body that is responsible for regulating medical cannabis in Portugal. If you want to become a licensed cannabis producer in Portugal, their website will be your first stop for information. However, the website is in Portuguese so you’ll need to use a browser plug-in to translate it. You’ll also need someone who speaks Portuguese to assist you with other documents since many of the regulations are provided in PDF format and are in Portuguese.
The regulations for medical cannabis in Portugal are outlined in “Decreto Regulamentar n.º 61/94, de 12 de outubro." When it comes to how many cannabis cultivation licenses Portugal will grant, Chapter II, Section I, Article 5 of the regulations state (translated via Google Translate), “2 - Authorizations are only granted if based on the needs of the country, giving priority to medical, veterinary, scientific and didactic interests, with due regard for the exceptions provided for in the conventions referred to in article 3.” Medical cannabis cultivation licenses in Portugal are limited by quotas that are set by Infarmed which differs from licensing in places like Canada where recreational cannabis is also legal. There are supposedly long wait times and a significant backlog of applicants at this time, so it may be harder to become a licensed producer in Portugal than other countries.
Portuguese cannabis cultivation licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. The cannabis cultivation licensing process requires applications to be submitted to Infarmed along with requests for criminal background checks for the indicated responsible persons. Infarmed collaborates with other government agencies such as Judiciary Police (PJ), the Public Security Police (PSP), the Republican National Guard (GNR), and the Directorate-General for Customs and Special Consumption Taxes (DGAIEC) and informs them of all cultivation license authorizations.
An application for a Portuguese cannabis cultivation license must include the following information that is outlined in Chapter II, Section II, Article 13, along with the request for criminal background checks:
- Complete identification and address of the grower or growers (if they are not the same person as the license applicant)
- Location and area of land where medical cannabis will be cultivated
- Quantity and designation of the plant species to be sown or planted
- Probable quantity of the product to be collected, its application, and destination (surpluses over 10% are not allowed and will be seized at the producer’s expense)
- Place where the product will be stored and the respective safety conditions until it is delivered to the official agency responsible for collection
Hemp cultivation is regulated through the National Agricultural Intervention and Guarantee Institute jointly with the Judicial Police and is not regulated the same way as medical cannabis.
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