After a petition to legalise the plant gathered 67,500 signatures, a government debate was forced to make a decision on the matter.
As such, the government of Catalonia has decided to legalise the cultivation, consumption and distribution of cannabis for members of designated clubs.
Barcelona is home to many cannabis clubs already.
It is well known that cannabis clubs have existed in Catalonia for sometime although were often subject to many laws which left them doing business “under the radar”, usually leaving it up to young internationals to promote the club for a commission of the membership fee.
But now, the rules of the game are changing and clubs will have to adhere to the following –
- Clubs must be self-sufficient non-profit associations
- Members will not be able to purchase cannabis for 15 days from when they gain membership
- Clubs are limited to cultivate 15okg of cannabis each year in dry weight
Talking to HuffPost Spain, Alba Verges (chairwoman of the parliamentary health commission) said: “The law we will approve is very advanced and gives a very clear message. It’s time for a paradigm shift when it comes to legislating drugs.”
However, Spain’s federal government could in fact overturn the ruling much like they overturned the ban on bullfighting after Madrid argued it would harm their culture & freedom.