Portugal Punts (Temporarily) on Cannabis Reform as Government Collapses

Budget wars, not antipathy to the prospect of the full and final legalization of cannabis, will probably put Portugal behind on the recreational reform question within the European Union (EU). The country’s 2022 budget had included tax cuts and increased public investment to stimulate the economy post COVID. It was opposed by both hard Left- and Right-wing parties. In late October, such political opposition to the budget proposed by Prime Minister António Costa triggered a final meltdown of the coalition that has governed here since 2015. 

In a rare event for the country, indeed one that has not happened since Portugal transitioned to democracy in 1974, the government was dissolved two years early by the right-wing President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. National elections will be held on January 30 of next year.

What happens next, even on the cannabis discussion, is anyone’s guess. That said, it is also very unlikely that any new government here will oppose forward cannabis reform. The country has a vested interest in the development of the sector. And even though the licensing process on the medical side has been fraught with difficulties if not delays, it is clearly proceeding.

Why is Portugal Important in the European Cannabis Discussion?

Portugal is famous for its liberal approach to all drugs, although it is inaccurate to say that everything has been “decriminalized.” There have been various attempts to reform the country’s drug policy ever since the 1970s. In the present, cannabis is not technically legal here, although the medical cultivation sector has certainly taken off since 2017.

In early June, a bill to formalize the legalization of the personal use of cannabis was proposed by two parties, the Left Bloc and the Liberal Initiative and forwarded to the Health Commission for debate. This debate never happened due to repeated requests for postponement.

Now that the government has been dissolved, the legislation will have to be re-introduced by the new government.

Regardless, since 2017, when Tilray began construction on its cannabis facility, Portugal has begun to play a larger and larger role in the entire European cannabis discussion. This, so far at least, is less about the liberalization of policy domestically and more about the ability to obtain cultivation licenses (although this too is not as “easy” as many in the industry have infamously claimed). That said, the country has the most operating regulated cultivation facilities and licenses of any EU sovereign state outside of Holland. Of course, unlike the Dutch, these are all of the internationally regulated, GMP variety.

As it stands, the market is geared towards the production and, coming soon, extraction of the plant primarily for export (and even more specifically, targeted at and for the German medical market). Indeed, production and labor costs here put the country, along with Greece and evolving African cannabis cultivation economies, roughly on par in terms of cost per gram (both for flower and extracts).

What Would a Portuguese Rec Market Actually Impact?

The answer is, quite obviously, that a recreational market here would positively affect not only the broader economy but the tourist sector, in the process creating a booming market with a canna flair.

That said, it is also clear that this might in turn be a bit of a stretch for a region where the most forward cannabis reform country (Luxembourg) just punted on the question and took a slower path to the entire conversation with a home grow provision (along with supporting a regulated cannabis seed market).

However, after Europe emerges from what is likely to be another hard COVID winter, such sensitivities could well be overrun by politics and politicians who are looking for economic stimulation any way they can get it. This entire conversation, of course neatly fits that bill, no matter how contentious economic development with a cannabis flair still is outside of Greece (at least within the EU). Certainly, the medical sector has gotten more respectable over the last four years. Even the German government is now considering the same, in part because of the estimated tax revenue that is likely to come of the formal development of this market.

Bottom line? Portugal is no longer the outlier it once was on the topic. Indeed it may now fall behind full reform in other countries even within the EU, starting with both Luxembourg and Germany.

That said, the development of a fully legit market here will undoubtedly continue to impact the entire industry across the continent—starting with sourcing medical production bound for elsewhere, but undoubtedly, as the entire discussion progresses, recreational cannabis products too.

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Jetty x High Times Collab is Absolute Fire

Finally, it’s here, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. High Times and Jetty are proud to announce the first-ever official High Times exclusive products through this awesome collab, and we can’t get enough. 

When you combine High Times and a brand with a reputation like Jetty, you’re sure to get high-quality, premium product, and the Jetty SOLVENTLESS Papaya Bomb vape does not disappoint. It brings everything we’ve been hoping for in one, convenient vape product. 

The Jetty SOLVENTLESS Papaya Bomb vape is crafted by Jetty; it’s a unique, hybrid cross of THC Bomb x Papaya. With sweet, tropical notes and a little bit of spice, it brings the cool, potently mellow vibes vape consumers crave after a long day of work. And because it’s Jetty SOLVENTLESS, this vape never touches a chemical, made simply using ice, water, heat and pressure.

Also available from Jetty, and equally amazing, are Jetty Live Resin Prerolls, which pair flower and oil in combinations that celebrate the strains, bringing out unique flavors and maximizing potency. Whether it’s cake with cake or fuel with fuel, it’s always trim-free, small-farm flower-boosted with 100 percent uncut Jetty UNREFINED Live Resin. 

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Boasting the cleanest products on the market, Jetty offers high potency and flavor through its solventless process to make the most unique, delicious vapes and prerolls. Jetty’s process is focused on preserving the most delectable flavor, and it makes all the difference to consumers.

“We’ve been working on this at the lab for a long time and developed a purification process that removes the undesirable stuff that can mess with the flavor, while preserving everything we want to keep,” said Matthew Kim, Jetty’s chief innovation officer, of the new product. 

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Jetty Focuses on Quality

Jetty co-founder and head of production Nate Ferguson seconds this notion. He has been on a mission to make a cleaner vape since he and his partners started Jetty back in 2013, and R&D has always been at the forefront. Jetty is pretty sure the brand’s innovation led to the first vape without cutting agents. That led to better and better techniques for modern solvent-based extraction, used today in just about every vape product on the market. 

“The knock against solventless vape and live rosin is that the flavor usually degrades as you heat it and get through the cart,” he explained in a Q&A on the brand’s website. “Starts out amazing but ends up not so great. That’s because the ice water extraction not only preserves the full spectrum of terps and cannabinoids, but it also includes lipids and the undesirable stuff. We’ve been working on this at the lab for a long time and developed a natural purification process that removes the undesirable stuff that can mess with the flavor, while preserving everything we want to keep.”

In order to make this level of quality possible, the lab maintains close control over the entire process to create an awesome final product.  

“We’ve been setting up the Jetty Farm for a while now, getting ready for this,” Ferguson said. “We control the whole process now: getting the right phenos in the ground, controlling the harvest. That’s really important when you’re growing for solventless. The first strains came down in October and they are amazing. We flash freeze them right on the farm. We’re also growing everything we’re using for our UNREFINED Live Resin, too.”

The secret is in the processing. Experts at Jetty start with live rosin that already is at a high potency, an average of 80 or 85 percent THC. They also make sure that all the terps remain available throughout the process, leading to a strong entourage effect.   

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“So it’s a unique, complex high… It’s clean, light on the body. It’s exceptional,” he added of the overall experience.  

Prices:

SOLVENTLESS Papaya Bomb Vape – $65

Live Resin Infused 1.2g Preroll – $15

Live Resin Infused 3pk Preroll – $25

Live Resin Infused 5pk Preroll – $45

Where to buy:

These exclusive Jetty products are only available for a limited time through High Times – best get some quick! Shop in-store at one of our High Times Cannabis Markets or order High Times Delivery.

Get 30% off your first delivery or in-store purchase using code HT30.

Learn more about our High Times loyalty program 420 Rewards.
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Flower Connoisseur Gift Guide

Among the many ways to partake in the wonders of cannabis, flower still reigns supreme. There’s nothing more satisfying than smoking expertly grown herb. If you know someone who loves flower the way we do, then you know there are a ton of options for gifts—but it isn’t always easy to narrow down the best varieties. Fortunately, we’ve done all the heavy lifting in that department, making it ultra-easy for you to find the hottest trending pipes, vapes, pre-rolls and strains for your loved ones this holiday.

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Dab Daddy Concentrates & Flower—Sophistication in Options

The Dab Daddy portfolio of beautifully crafted products gives you choice in cannabis. Not new to cannabis but new to the market, the company strives to provide the very highest quality possible in a smoking experience, specializing in the concentrate realm. From its own potent indoor grown flower, to diamonds, perfected, every step of the growing and extraction process is meticulously overseen to ensure optimal greatness. Consistency, potency, and incredible flavor profiles are all of top priority when it comes to creating any Dab Daddy product. For these reasons Dab Daddy stands as the pinnacle of concentrates by exploring innovative extraction techniques and proprietary product development. They truly live up to their brands philosophy, “For stoners by stoners.” Check them out on Instagram @dabdaddyinc.

Price: Starting at $25 

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Boundless Technology—The Vexil

User friendly? Check. Discreet? Check. Sustainable? Check. Combustion-based? Uncheck. Boundless makes the easiest, most discreet, reusable products on the market, all without the harmful effects of combustion. The newest addition to the Boundless Family is The Vexil, an herb-centric vape that packs a punch without compromising flavor! Simply grind up your favorite flower, pull apart the magnetized cap, place in your herb, turn it on to allow the unit to heat up, and enjoy! Built with four levels of customizable temperatures, you can even change the flavor profile and taste of your herb with the push of a button! Need more discretion? The Vexil comes equipped with a handy stealth mode to hide the RGB light on the unit. When it comes to The Vexil, there’s no doubt that Boundless Technology is providing the perfect stocking stuffer for your holiday needs!

Price: $99.99

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Eyce ORAFLEX Spoon

Do you love the look of a hand-blown pipe but need the durability of platinum cured silicone? Look no further. Introducing the Eyce ORAFLEX Spoon—a revolutionary double layered, silicone pipe featuring beautiful, hand painted detailing. Long gone are the days of sacrificing art and style for durability, the Eyce ORAFLEX Spoon is exactly what you’re looking for. The ORAFLEX Spoon comes in four designs—Switchback, Honeycomb, Floral, and Spiral—and each design features five colorways. This guy is truly our finest work yet, snag yours today. Sale: Save 15 percent off the new Eyce ORAFLEX line this Holiday season with code HT15.

Price: $29.99

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SOLO II—OUR MOST POWERFUL PORTABLE

Cultivate the connoisseur in you with the Arizer Solo II—Arizer’s most powerful portable vaporizer. Carefully sourced, high quality components provide a worry-free experience. Smooth and tasty vapor the way you like it—isolated airpath and all-glass vapor path. Fast heat up—reaches vaporization temperatures in under a minute. Incredible battery life—three hours of use per charge. Activate natural terpene profiles and maximize the potential of your favorite dry herb with the Original Refillable Glass Pod Vaporizer Systems, only from Arizer. Backed by manufacturer’s warranty and industry leading customer service. Through extensive research and exceptional design, Arizer has continually raised the bar and set new standards in quality and performance. Experience why Arizer is Better by Design.

Price: $269.99

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Lowell Farms

Lowell Herb Co. just launched its 2021 holiday collection, including the Ho Ho Ho Hybrid Smokes Pack! Lowell’s holiday hybrid blend is an impeccable way to pass the time while you wait for Santa to visit your chimney. If indica or sativa is more your speed, check out their other limited-edition blends like the Silent Night Indica and the Sleigh Ride Sativa. 

Price: $45

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Delta Extrax

Premium Delta 8 THC infused hemp flower is available from Delta Extrax. This top-shelf flower has the best that hemp has to offer! The Delta 8 adds the perfect boost that natural-raw hemp flower is missing. The aromas from this flower include a very pungent diesel like smell that is sensed when you open the bag. The sativa part of Sour Diesel has an uplifting experience that will clear your mind and get your creative juices flowing. (Use coupon code HIGHTIMES20 to get 20 percent off.)

Price: $26.99 – $35.99

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Delta 8 Pinnacle Blue Zkittles—Indica Enhanced

Pinnacle Hemp has some amazing Delta 8 hemp flower. The brand has a few different terpene profiles but its Blue Zkittles Indica is amazing. Hemp, CBD, Delta 8 and indica terpenes make a gas combo.

Price: $29.99-49.99

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Arcanna Flowers—True Berrymore

Owned by a husband and wife duo who recently concluded their 22nd cultivation season together, Arcanna Flowers is the culmination of a long history of family cultivation. Located in Redwood Valley, California, this farms takes outdoor growing to the next level with uniquely curated strains like True Berrymore. This house strain is a limited edition delight that’s full of tart berry and sweet tones, and effects that are described as “frisky and playful.”

Price: $40 3.5 grams

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Bountiful Farms—Secret Formula

Bountiful Farms is establishing the precedent for high-quality cannabis on the east coast. Based in Massachusetts, the company strives to set a new standard of trust and integrity in the cannabis industry. This reliability is seen in flowers such as Secret Formula, which was a High Times Cannabis Cup Massachusetts: People’s Choice Edition 2021 first place winner for the indica category. Secret Formula is a cross between Wifi 34 and Dosido, which was the result of a year-long pheno hunt and is known for its OG potency.

Price: $55 for 3.5 grams

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High Latitude Farms—Powdered Donuts

Nestled in the Hood River Valley in northern Oregon, High Latitude Farms is founded and operated by local growers who are proud to embrace sustainable growing practices such as using their cooling retention ponds as a fully equipped fish hatchery to stock local bodies of water with trout. However, their focus is, of course, to produce high quality premium cannabis. Strains such as Powdered Donuts, which they describe as “ever beautiful and always delicious,” is cross between Orange Cookies and Jet Fuel Gelato that offers a pleasantly citrusy and sweet flavor.

Price: $13 for 1 gram

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ICP’s Patreon Shows Moving to Twitch for FREE!

Juggalos and Juggalettes, it’s December, and that means an all new month of Patreon pay-per-view shows!

Now typically the month is $66.50, but at the very beginning of tonight’s episode, they made a HUGE announcement that will benefit all of us!  This month will be absolutely FREE! Check out all of the info that came from the announcement below.

  • This month’s ICP Patreon is going to be FREE!
  • They are switching over to Twitch.tv because they hate to hear that people can’t afford to watch this flavor
  • If you’ve already paid for December then you will get a refund!
  • It may take a week, but they will return to Twitch for FREE and if you are inclined, you can donate to the channel
  • It will no longer be known as Scrub Time Network. It will now simply be known as ICP TV!
  • There will be 15-20 minute condensed versions of each Twitch show that will be uploaded to Youtube shortly after the live stream!
  • There was going to be a free Christmas single for Patreon subscribers, but that will no longer happen. Instead, if you are able to make it to the ICP Christmas day show, you will get a brand new Christmas EP with 3 new songs and 1 remix inside of a red Santa sack full of other goodies!

I’m not sure what the new ICP TV link is, but as soon as we get it, we’ll let you know!

If you can make it to the Christmas day ICP show at Harpo’s in Detroit, get your tickets at PsychopathicVault.com!



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Sunfall – No Life (Slipknot Cover) (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

“Dedicated to Joey Jordison, Paul Gray and the band that is Slipknot. This is our contribution to the Slipknot tribute album put together by Quazar studios. This song along with the rest of the album will be available on all streaming platforms, but most notably via the Quazar studio band camp where all money made from this release will be donated to the “Transverse Myelitis Society” as part of the ‘National Voices UK’ coalition. Transverse myelitis is the condition that Joey Jordison was affected by so it’s an honour for us to give this offering in the hopes of raising money that will go towards the support of people who are suffering with transverse myelitis”. Sunfall



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